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The winter blues are real and can be treated


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Seasonal Affective Disorder is a pretty straight forward syndrome that is caused by the lack of sunlight, so you can imagine what its been like for sufferers lately.

Symptoms can vary from moodiness and a lack of energy to a deep depression, in the wintertime when the days are shorter and the skies are cloudier.

Even its name describes the symptoms. It makes you S.A.D.

Borgess Medical Center’s Deb Schauer says she has been seeing a lot of it lately at her job in the Emergency room.

She says it’s something that you can suffer from a little or a lot. It’s when you become bedridden and start missing work that they consider it a problem.

Treating it can be done with drugs and therapy, but one of the easiest fixes is just by replacing that missing sunlight with full spectrum light from a lamp for 30 minutes to an hour daily.