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Seasonal depression, SAD symptoms, treatment get renewed winter focus

For most people, the loss of daylight is not part of the holiday season that we look forward to.

After the time reset thanks to the end of Daylight Savings Time, many of us who traditionally work from 9 to 5 end our days by traveling home already in the dark, with the sun setting half an hour before sunrise.

Shorter days combined with longer, darker and often colder nights have understandably dampened the spirits of many, leaving us tired and longing for the milder days of spring and summer.

While feelings of exhaustion are certainly not uncommon in these times of rare sunlight, the mood swings go much further for the roughly 5% of the US population who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD.

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