PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - With frigid temperatures and shorter days, this time of the year can be difficult for some. But a local psychologist says there is help to make it easier to get through these cold months.
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression related to the change in seasons. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms could include having low energy, feeling sluggish or agitated, having difficulty concentrating, feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty, or having frequent thoughts of death or suicide.
The symptoms usually appear during late fall or early winter and go away during sunnier days in the spring and summer.
Dr. Tina Leisure, a Parkersburg psychologist, says one way to confront the depression is to buy a light box.
"A light box is a source of artificial light and we have found that it is effective for those who suffer with seasonal affective disorder," she said.
"You can use that in the comfort in your own home and what that provides is a type of cool white fluorescent light that we know can be helpful."
Leisure says other forms of treatment include taking anti-depressants and psychotherapy.
She recommends to seek medical advice before taking any type of treatment.
Leisure says this time of the year there is less natural light, which is one of the factors that leads to seasonal affective disorder.