Beyond the winter blues

Beyond the winter blues

Here we are in the middle of another Iowa-style winter, hoping that the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow so we can hurry up with the spring thaw already.

With the shorter days, colder temperatures and snow that insists on falling after we finished shoveling the sidewalks, many Iowans start feeling the “winter blues” this time of year.

You’ve likely seen news stories, or heard from a friend or family member, about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The term was first coined in the 1980s to describe patients who are prone to clinically significant depressive symptoms in the wintertime, explains ...

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