Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of severe winter depression common in many parts of the country at this time of year. When winter settles in places like Vermont, Illinois, and New York, some people suffer from this condition, which researchers think may be caused by genes, darker days during the winter, and snow.
Year-round sunshine in Hollywood and South Florida can provide natural protection against SAD, so only just over 1% of the Florida population suffers from this type of seasonal depression (compared to 10% of New Hampshire, for example). Sunshine is not a cure-all, however, and thousands of Florida residents still do suffer from SAD symptoms each year. It’s important not to overlook these symptoms and important not to assume you can’t get depressed because you live in the Sunshine State.
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