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Health Plus: A lot of eastern Iowans dealing with SAD

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It's a disorder a lot of people have this season, but few talk about openly.

In Health Plus how to cope with seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

You may not want to talk about it with friends and family.

But a lot of people are dealing with seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

So you're not alone.

"It's a form of depression that's caused by the changing seasons, so the researchers would indicate that it has something to do with the shortening of the days the loss of light," said Lisa Kukral of Covenant Clinic.

For fifteen years, the Covenant Clinic counselor has been helping patients cope with the disorder.

Especially during the winter months, SAD can set in.

"It's cold. People are inside. They're not doing their normal activities and so the loss of light is a big thing," she said.

Kukral says in addition to light box therapy she offers other options for patients with SAD.

"Options are many. I would urge people to start with lifestyle options which would be exposing themselves to sunlight, read a book in a sunny window, go for a walk, be outside. Exercise is always very key," she said.

If you already deal with depression, SAD could compound your condition.  So you may want to talk with a professional.

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