Seasonal Depression in The State

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb (KNEP) Living in Nebraska , the terms ‘seasonal funk’ and ‘winter blues’ are something that we often hear.

Susan Harris-Broomfield of the Nebraska Extension speaks to us about S.A.D (source: KNEP)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D, is more than just a funk. It is a diagnosed type of depression that can create anxiety, alternating mood swings and depression.

The colder temperatures and prolonged periods of overcast skies can impact our eyes, and our eyes play a big part in the seasonal disorder.

Susan Harris-Broomfield of the Nebraska Extension says one big factor that can help limit the disorder is getting more sunlight.

“In the winter time, not only are you trying to get that outdoor light as much as possible, and by the way not just the indoor light, because they are way less effective at helping with Seasonal Affective Disorder. The short-wave of blue light that reaches our retina plays a part in ensuring our physiological well-being and so the less time that we spend outdoors, the less that we will get coming in through our retina. “

Broomfield also states that you should rack in those extra hours of sleep as your sleeping habits also impact our moods. If you can’t get outside there are photo therapy lights that can give you that vibrant feel without the risks you receive if you were to go tanning.

‘Most of the light that you need does go in through your eyes and not through your skin so, I would not recommend a tanning bed for several reasons. Number one you’re going to get skin cancer but number two, the light coming into the eyes is really more important than the light getting to your skin.” Says Broomfield.

You can find more information on the study here:
mayoclinic.org
medlineplus.gov