Michiganders cope with the deep freeze
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:26:45 GMT —
Seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D is a real problem being treated by Michigan doctors. Bitter cold, high winds and nearing record snowfall are sending some patients to the doctor while others continue to cope.
"Most of the time, 50%, I just stay at home," said Clio resident Christopher Stone.
Stone's cure for the winter blues is a sign of what doctors call Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.
"It usually happens when people are getting enough stimulation and in this northern climate, not getting enough sunlight is one of the number one triggers for it," said Dr. Sunita Tummala.
Doctor Tummala says S.A.D symptoms are along the same lines of depression and the deep freeze is making the disorder more common.
"But specifically for S.A.D its lethargy and not feeling like you want to get out of bed," said Tummala.
Light bulbs similar to sunlight are available at most hardware stores to combat S.A.D symptoms and provide a better indoor alternative for Michiganders.
"I don't like walking super far to class so I just stay inside," said SVSU student Austin Bauer.
"I just sit at home watch movies and go on Facebook and what not," said Stone.
Stone isn't familiar with S.A.D. But he says his prescription for the winter blues is working for him.
"One thing I do know is try to stay warm as much as you can and basically hope that this warmer weather comes in soon because Iâ??m tired of this winter," said Stone.
Doctor Tummala says if the deep freeze is cutting out social activity or causing someone to call out from work repeatedly then a doctor should be seen.