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  • Kathryn Werner, PA-C

Nobody likes the time change...and here's why

Last night (or this morning depending on the type of person you are), we all set our clocks back an hour. For those of us without toddlers, this meant an extra hour of sleep - winning!

But an interesting Danish study showed an 8% increase in depression diagnoses in the month following the fall time change.

Sunlight effects our bodies in many ways, increasing production of Vitamin D, regulating the release of melatonin, but no definite psychological link between darkness and seasonal affective disorder has been discovered.

This sudden increase in rates of diagnosis may be because the time changes steals an hour of sunlight from the afternoons, when more people are available to enjoy it, or it may be because the act of changing the clocks forces us to acknowledge the upcoming months of darkness.

Even though we don't fully understand seasonal affective disorder, there are still effective treatments. Light therapy, exercise, nutritional therapy, talk therapy, and medication all have a role in treating seasonal affective disorder.

My goal as a provider is to explore your symptoms fully and develop comprehensive plan to make this winter a more pleasant one!

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