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OCU Counselor Provides Health Tips for Seasonal Stress
OKLAHOMA CITY – The holiday season can be an extra stressful time of the year and many who feel tired and overextended may simply think they have a case of the “winter blues.” However, Oklahoma City University Personal Counselor Brandi Gibson warns that it may be something more. Gibson said Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD, generally occurs during the fall and winter and affects nearly 1 million people every year. Peak months for the disorder or December and January, Gibson said. Symptoms include decreased energy levels, irritability, fatigue, sadness, problems sleeping and weight changes. Gibson said anyone who thinks they may be suffering from SAD should contact their doctor or counselor. “Treatment usually includes medication and light therapy,” Gibson said, adding that exercise and stress management also play a big role in treating SAD.