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Friday, October 30, 2015


By Hannah Perry

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

 – Albert Camus

Living in Pittsburgh and struggling with seasonal depression most of my life, you can see why this is one of my favorite quotes. The doldrums of winter can hit people hard in different ways. It gets darker earlier and the sky rarely offers the pure blue sunshine bliss.  A stagnant gray sky seems to appear and never disappear. In these times it’s important to remember that the sun will still shine. You may not always see it, but it’s there and this is only a season (unless you live in Alaska where the sun really doesn’t come up for days at a time).

Please also remember that seasonal depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real disorder that can improve with therapy.  Maybe it’s time to start light box therapy, get your Vitamin D levels checked, regularly exercise, eat healthier, and schedule an appointment with one of our licensed counselors. And remember, there is always hope.