Local counselor offers tips on battling seasonal depression


For some people, winter can be a tough season, not just physically but mentally. 

Experts say SAD is a serious illness and urge people who think they may have it to seek professional help.

Seasonal affected disorder is a form of depression brought on by the dark days of winter. Many more may experience a mild form of the disorder.

Dr. George Wolcott, a therapist at Shreveport Family Counseling, says for those of us who just get weary during the winter, a walk outside each morning can help keep body rhythms in sync.

“SAD is almost identical to depression, and some people think they have about depression but one of the things you will find is that there will be sleep disturbances,” said Wolcott.

In seasonal affective disorder, medications, counseling and even light therapy have been shown to help improve symptoms.

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