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Light Therapy Can Help Eliminate Your Winter Blues


Feeling blue and out of sorts? It’s very possible you are experiencing seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This condition usually crops up in people during the shorter, darker days of winter. What are the best ways to cope in wintry Western Pennsylvania? We asked Dr. Alicia Kaplan, an Allegheny Health Network psychiatrist about the effectiveness […]

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About SAD


It is winter yet again. The beautiful colors of the autumn leaves have disappeared and have been replaced by barren tree limbs and icicles sharp and brittle. The harsh winds rattle the window frames and the cold air seems to sing a cruel song that frightens away birds to warmer climates. The daytime gives way […]

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Taking Away The Stigma Of Mental Illness


Ah, it’s February. The month of red roses, pink hearts, frilly Valentine’s Day cards, and dreary weather. I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it always seems to feel like that “in between” month. Will it snow? Will it rain? Will it be 50 degrees and sunny or 32 degrees […]

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How To Beat SAD When You Work From Home


I love my life. I love my work. I’m known for my cheery disposition and incessant optimism. And yet a couple of weeks ago, as I opened my laptop for the working day ahead, all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole and hide. Worse still, this sudden and unexpected slump into depression […]

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How To Make Myself Happier


Q: How can I make myself happier in the new year? A: People can make plans to become happier and mentally healthier and can be very successful in doing so. Here are some resolutions people can utilize to improve their mental health and quality of life. º Make a plan to be happy. Wake up […]

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