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With Less Daylight And Pandemic Isolation, Seasonal Affective Disorder Hits Harder

As the hours of daytime grow shorter and winter approaches, many Americans will feel the onset of seasonal affective disorder. Characterized by lethargy, sadness and loneliness, SAD affects about 5% of U.S. adults.

Host Lisa Mullins speaks with several Massachusetts residents and clinical health psychologist Kristin MacGregor about SAD’s impact.

Resources: If you’re looking for help finding support or treatment for SAD, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts chapter says you can call its COMPASS Helpline at 617-704-6264 or 1-800-370-9085. Or email compass@namimass.org.

If you’re in mental health crisis, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the Samaritans Statewide Hotline (call or text) at 1-877-870-HOPE (4673). Call2Talk can be accessed by calling Massachusetts 211 or 508-532-2255 (or text c2t to 741741).

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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Earlier sunsets and shorter days can trigger seasonal affective disorder. (AP)
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Earlier sunsets and shorter days can trigger seasonal affective disorder. (AP)