Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:04 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 11:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - It turns out the prolonged bad weather can actually make people "SAD."
Season Affective Disorder is characterized by lowered mood, sleepiness, and irritability. The condition can come on when people go for prolonged periods without adequate sunlight.
"Most people's concentration is affected with seasonal affected disorder," said adult behavioral specialist Deborah Duckworth. "We're grouchier, we're more irritable, and we may not want to work as much as we need to, focus as much as we need to."
To combat SAD Duckworth suggests people consider buying full-spectrum lights, wear brighter clothes, listen to upbeat music and exercise.
If the continue, though, you should see a medical professional because some cases of SAD can lead to depression.