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Cold Temps Have You Feeling Blue? You May Have SAD

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MILFORD, Del. - This winter has been brutal.

"I'm ready for spring," said Reginald Edmonds of Milford.

Edmonds isn't the only one who feels that way.

"We've had about enough of it because for one thing, we're not used to it," said Larry Hopkins, Harrington.

Hopkins says he's not used to arctic temperatures that have settled over Delmarva in January.
     
Edmonds says he just can't take it anymore.

"It's just too cold. I mean every time I open the door my heater cuts on," said Edmonds.

The cold blast paired with a lack of sunlight can put anyone in a blue mood. And there's a name for it: Seasonal Affective Disorder.

It's a form of depression that occurs at the same time every year. It also saps your energy and make you feel moody. Experts say a lack of daylight in the winter months paired with other life stressors can really take a toll on the human body.

"We try to make an assessment when people come in to see us to in order to determine how severe is the condition," said Valleree Roach, a therapist at Mind and Body Consortium in Milford.

Some of the symptoms include hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, and over sleeping.

"A lot of times people who are affected by depression, they have no interest. They have no energy. They're not participating in things they once participated in. As a therapist, we're trying to jumpstart their sleeping and their withdrawal by planning specific things that they're going to look forward to doing," said Roach.

For people like Hopkins, he's doing what he can to beat the winter blues.

"You have to just take it day by day," said Hopkins.

Some therapists say light therapy is something that can help people avoid becoming SAD. Light therapy is a device that gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

A bit of good news? The first day of spring in 49 days away.

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