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Saturday, January 25, 2014

‘Winter Blues’ Can Be Diagnosable Disorder

Starting around October, calls to the Worcester County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Unit jump, its Director Tracy Tilghman said.

Whether it’s the weather, post-holiday stress or unemployment, more people feel down this time of year and sometimes that seasonal slump turns into winter depression — “a real, diagnosable disorder,” Tilghman said.

Feeling SAD

There are two main mood-related disorders that roll in with the cold weather: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the “holiday blues,” said Debbie Dotson of Seaside Counseling & Wellness Center on Route 50.

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