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Beating the winter blues

Beating the winter blues

The days are shorter, darker. Come late January, the winter months seem to lose the magic of that first snowfall and the cold air is now biting rather than crisp, leaving some of us cooped up inside, brooding. The “winter blues” can be real. National Institutes of Health researchers have been studying this and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, SAD, for years. A NIH report explains that shorter days seem to be a main trigger…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017), according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). One in five children, either currently or at some point during their life, has had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Mental illnesses include many conditions from obsessive-compulsion disorder and anxiety, to bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia, each of which vary in severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. Alarmingly, only about half of people with…

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