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Psychologist says get up, get out to combat SAD

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By Deena Centofanti
Fox 2 News Health Reporter

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- Maybe you're having a tougher time getting out of bed or you just don't don't feel like doing the things you normally like to do.  It is getting darker earlier and lighter later, and that could be enough to give you a case of seasonal affective disorder.

Psychologists at the Cleveland Clinic say around five percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder, while up to 20 percent may suffer from a more mild form of winter blues.

People who suffer from SAD have many of the common signs of depression, including sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of interest in their usual activities, withdrawal from social activities and inability to concentrate.

Psychologist Mike McKee says the best way to treat seasonal affective disorder is to attack it head-on.

"You have to get up.  You have to get out of bed.  You have to get outside.  You have to get away from the booze, it makes things worse.  You've got to get with other people and you've got to get moving."

A light box can be very effective in helping combat seasonal affective disorder.  Click here for information on more ways to fight it.

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