Dr. Betsy Brown on KOMO News
March 23, 2017 | by The Polyclinic

Seattlites can all agree: It’s been a long, gray winter. The gloomy, gray skies can result in symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Dr. Betsy Brown, family medicine physician at Madison Center, recently talked with KOMO TV news about the likely increase in patients with SAD this year.

"The last few years weren’t really that bad. And this year... bam! It’s been just a really intensely gray winter, so a lot of people are probably feeling the symptoms more this year," said Dr. Betsy Brown. Symptoms of SAD include fatigue, depression, lack of motivation, or problems managing activities of daily life.

A few ways to address symptoms of SAD include getting outside in daytime, cutting down on blue light from computers, televisions, and cell phones in the evening hours or possibly talking with your doctor about antidepressant medication. For most people with SAD, Dr. Brown generally recommends using a light box for 30 minutes a day during the dark winter months.

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