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Winter Weather Affects Mental Health
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 18, 2013 @ 12:26PM
Created on February 16, 2013 @ 5:37PM
 
All the snow we've been getting can be hazardous on the roads, but winter weather can be dangerous mentally as well.
 
About 15 percent of Americans experience significant mood shifts because of changes in the seasons, and five percent suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder."  The illness is brought on by shorter amounts of daylight and is more common in women. 
 
The severe change in mood can be treated by several things, but a common suggestion is to just spend time outside.  Fitness experts say just 30 minutes outside everyday can boost your mood.  Physical activity also helps, so if it's too cold a gym is a great place to relieve the winter blues and stay in shape.
 
"You can't work out outside, it's like a blizzard.  18 feet of snow is what it feels like.  You know, you can't go jogging or anything like that, so everything is [in the gym]," said Sean James, a member of Planet Fitness gym.
 
Light and exercise are just two suggestions.  Visit Mental Health America to learn more about causes and other treatment options.
 
 

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