Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - We haven't felt the full blast of winter quite yet but doctors at SwedishAmerican say some people may already be feeling the effects of the season.

Doctor Evan Silvi, a psychiatrist at Swedes, says Seasonal Affective Disorder gets worse the more north we live. He says in Miami just 1% of people are impacted by the winter blues, while that number is 9% in places like Alaska.

Doctor Silvi says the amount of daylight we see or even cloudy days can affect our moods.

"All the different medicines we use to treat depression can be used to treat SAD. SAD does have a unique way of treating it which is called phototherapy or light therapy," says Silvi.

Doctor Silvi says even though many of us call it the winter blues, people can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during any time of the year.