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Time Change Leads to The Blues

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.-Daylight saving is coming to an end this Sunday, November 4. This means as we make our way into the winter season, our days will feel shorter.

For some, this leads to a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is commonly known as the "Winter Blues". Feelings of sadness are triggered by the decreased amount of daylight.

During this change, our body has a hard time adjusting to the change and it can lead to symptoms of depression.

Doctors said a scientific cause is still unclear, however experts have found ways to help cope with the disorder.

Director of Regional Medical Associates, Alice McKee, M.D., explained, "It's not just going to occur to fair-skinned people. People who have dark skin can also be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's important to get outside, take a 10-minute walk during your lunch break."

The older you are, the more prone one may be to getting the "Winter Blues". Being active and getting in the sunlight are ways to help fight it. Doctors also suggest that when indoors, you should try to have as many lights on as possible.