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Why Now’s the Time to Attack Winter Blues

Don’t despair — the summer sun might stick around. But for those who struggle with seasonal affective disorder, now is the time to take action. Dr. Melinda Ring, medical director for Northwestern Medicine’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, advises preparing now — yes, right after Labor Day. “This is the right time for people to […]

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Getting Back Up After You Fall: Healing from Depression

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” ~Theodore Rubin Growing up I was a thoughtful and happy kid—carefree, easy going, not afraid to make mistakes and take on challenges. Just before I turned 13, my parents moved our family halfway across […]

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Has Summer Got You Down? You May Not Be Alone

Video Summer for many is supposed to be carefree and fun with longer days and warm weather, but for some, it’s the complete opposite. “It doesn’t seem natural to be depressed during the summer but it’s a real thing. It’s a real phenomenon,” said Susie Park, associate professor of clinical pharmacy at USC. Park says seasonal […]

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Reverse Sad: Why springtime can be bad for depression sufferers

While the arrival of spring heralds a new lease of life and energy for most people, for those suffering from depression the effect can be drastically different. Harvard psychiatrist John Sharp has done extensive research into the effects that the changing seasons have on our mental health and emotional well-being. In his book, The Emotional […]

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Recognizing and treating seasonal depression and the winter blues

The shorter days and colder weather of winter can make anyone feel down, especially if you live a long way from the equator. The reduced light, warmth, and color of winter can leave you feeling melancholy, irritable, or tired. But if these feelings recur each year, make it tough to function during the winter months, […]

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