People are struggling with the winter blues, but there are ways to fight it

According to clinical therapist, Amber Johnson, Seasonal Affective Disorder starts around the end of fall and its becoming a growing issue. (Photo credit: Jesse Gonzales)

In the winter months, as the days get dark early and the happiness of the holidays fade, some people start to feel the blues.

There's even a clinical name for it, Seasonal Affective Disorder.

According to clinical therapist, Amber Johnson, it starts around the end of Fall and its becoming a growing issue.

"It's very appropriately called S.A.D," said Johnson. "It has a lot of the same symptoms that you would see in any of the other depressive disorders such as irritable mood, sadness and you can't explain or understand why".

Other symptoms include under or over eating and staying in bed all day, almost like hibernating.

Johnson says the best way to beat sad is to get out of the house. She said, "you really want to get active, eat right, sleep try not to over sleep".

Johnson says another way to beat the winter blues is to hit the gym, but the best why to fight S.A.D starts from the inside out

"If you think good things you start to feel better, focus on positive thinking, be around people that feel good," Johnson said.

Johnson also says if you try some of these remedies and you still feel bad, to reach out to a doctor so they can help find the best way to help you feel better.

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