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A SAD story: Seasonal affective disorder

Light therapy and antidepressants help people who get depressed during the winter.

The gloom of winter seems to get inside some people, the dark affecting their mood as well as their days. In the late 1990s, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognized these winter blues as seasonal affective disorder, a name that seems to have been coined with its acronym, SAD, very much in mind.

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