Kalamazoo Hit Hard By Seasonal Affective Disorder
We've always called it the "Winter Blues" being cooped up inside because of the cold and the region's lack of consistent sunshine. In fact, we might be on record pace for the least amount of sunshine so far this season and it doesn't look like there will be much of a change. Because of Lake Michigan, our corner of the state has clouds rolling in most of the time and experts warn that simple "cheering up" may not be enough.
In an article on wwmt.com, 10 million people are dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. And local psychiatrist Dr. Niaz Mohammad says people here in S.W. Michigan are more susceptible: "There are two reasons behind it. One we say people have deficiency of serotonin and they are more predisposed to have Seasonal Affective Disorder," said Mohammad. "The second theory is we have lower light, shorter days and gloomy days. Our melatonin level gets affected by not having enough sun light, and that causes variation in our circadian rhythm and it leads to depression.” If you're feeling some of the symptoms click HERE for more information.