Ways to beat the winter woes

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, many people's moods tend to get darker, experts say. During the winter months, about 5 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Some of the symptoms include depression and a drop in energy levels. People with SAD may have an increased appetite which could lead to weight gain. There are ways to beat the disorder, doctors say, including light therapy. Sufferers can spend half an hour each day in the sunlight or in front of special full-spectrum lights. If that doesn't help, people who believe they have SAD may want to talk to their doctor about counseling or medication.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."