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Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted Jan. 28, 2013

Kent State offers on-campus resources

With the shorter winter days, maybe you are feeling a little blue or not like your usual self? Maybe you’re snacking more often or having trouble concentrating? It could be more than just the ‘winter blues’ – you could be feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

You are not alone. SAD is experienced by at least 10 million Americans to some degree. The severity of SAD symptoms, such as depression and fatigue, increases throughout the day.

If you’re feeling some symptoms of SAD, spending at least 30 minutes outside at midday, when the light is brightest, can help. Studies show that even exposure to brighter lighting indoors for a few hours, especially in the morning, can alleviate SAD symptoms.

Light therapy is another treatment option for SAD. The Women’s Center at Kent State University, located on Midway Drive, has a SAD treatment lamp available for use for the Kent State community. The lamp is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. It can be reserved by calling 330-672-9230.

If you think you might be experiencing SAD, talk to a counselor or healthcare provider. On-campus resources include:

  • The Counseling and Human Development Center at 325 White Hall (330-672-2208)
  • Psychological Services at University Health Services, Eastway Drive (330-672-2487)

Visit the University Health Services website at www.kent.edu/uhs.