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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Winter’s Impact on Mental Health

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 01:41 PM

This week, much of the United States was hit by record breaking, dangerously cold winter temperatures due to a polar vortex that swept across the country. In Chicago, temperatures dropped to a record low of -16 degrees, with gusting winds creating a windchill index of -42 degrees on Monday, January 6th. These drastic drops in temperature can have an immediate negative impact on one's physical health. A person can start to develop the first signs of frostbite within just a few minutes of exposure to extreme, cold temperatures and can develop hypothermia if subjected to these temperatures for prolonged periods, as well.

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Tags: mental health, treatment, Chicago, depression, SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Chiberia