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Nov. 11, 2013MO |  By: Kauffman

Seasonal Depression

As the holidays near, weather might be to blame for feelings of depression.

As the days begin to shorten many people fall prey to seasonal depression. Clinical depression which ampersand disappears with a particular time of year is known as seasonal depression. Although it can happen during any time of the year, winter sees the highest concentration of symptoms. The lower amount of sunlight during winter often causes this increase. Some sufferers find relief in light therapy. This treatment uses powerful sunlamps to supplement the body's need for light. Psychologist Michael Mattock says there are other remedies as well.

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Mattock says approximately six percent of people have seasonal depression. Symptoms can include lack of energy, trouble waking, compulsive eating and other signs of depression.