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Holiday time increases risk of seasonal affective disorder

December 20, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The holiday season is a time of an increased risk of depression. 

The primary reason may be that this is the time of year when we have the least amount of sunshine during the day. Many people complain that they leave for work it is dark, and when they return home it is also dark.

Seasonal affective disorder is a result of decreased light exposure. Of course, there is another issue associated with depression, and it is the fact that this is the time of year when Madison Avenue sends a message that everyone's life seems perfect.  

It appears that everyone has numerous friends and unlimited money to spend, and the expectations are great. The reality is that we should not fall into the trap that Madison Avenue creates and understand that we should not put pressure on ourselves this time of year.