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SAD Sufferers Feeling Blue with Rain

SAD Sufferers Feeling Blue with Rain



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Ed Yeates Reporting Feeling tired, lethargic, maybe even a little melancholy? Blame it on the weather! In fact, some people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, are feeling what they call a backlash under all this rain.

A dark trench coat, dark umbrella, dark skies -- sort of fits the bleak mood many are feeling right now. We all feel different under cloudy skies and all this rain. But Rose Eley is feeling it more right now.

Rose Eley: “Lethargic all day. Tired, complaining to my doctor. Tired and crabby, just crotchety. No sense of humor.”

Rose has a form of seasonal depression called SAD, which comes on only in the winter. By now it's usually gone and she's off her medication. But this year…

Rose Eley: "When I talked to my doctor, she upped what I'm taking as an antidepressant, and she said, ‘well, we had better wait until we have some sun - like June - before we take you off that.’"

Dr. John Malouf at Valley Mental Health says this weather could be complicating things a bit for folks like Rose.

Dr. John Malouf, Psychologist, Valley Mental Health: "Something like dull, gray weather, cold weather, rainy weather - those kinds of things will certainly exacerbate that and make it worse."

Rose, like all of us, is trying to keep her sense of humor, knowing sunnier days are just around the corner. Dr. Malouf says for most of us weather related moodiness involves not only how our body feels, but what we tell ourselves about it. How we define it for ourselves.

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