Many people associate Blue Christmas with the holiday but the medical community stresses that it's the shorter days of winter not the season that causes the blues.  Today on 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' Benaye Rogers with the Contact Crisis Line of Dallas, Texas explained that shorter days deprive us of needed sunlight and Vitamin D which can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder.  According to Rogers symptoms include,

The lack of desire to get out of bed, lack of desire to complete usual activities, sleeping more than usual and sleeping at inappropriate times of day.

Rogers said,

The key is to realize these things are happening and taking steps at home.  Those steps include eating properly, sleeping a consecutive seven hours each night and discussing the problem with someone.  If you have had this problem over the last two or three you should contact your family physician first.  One of the recognized treatments include 15 -20 minute treatments in a "light box" that increases a body's serotonin.

More information can be found at crisisline.org or by calling (972) 233-2233.

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