ROCKFORD (AP) -- With such frigid weather, health risks such as depression become a concern.
After holidays are over, along with shorter hours of daylight some people begin to feel mentally and physically exhausted. Now, combine that with subzero temperatures, and some my start to have feelings of hopelessness increase even more.
This seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that can be treated with light therapy, antidepressant medication and/or psychotherapy.
Bright lights are helpful with brain chemistry, acting as a natural antidepressant. Patients should remember to open the drapes and blinds to let in natural light.