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Letter: Voice of the North - Do you suffer from the 'winter blues'?

Byline: MICHAEL MATTHEWS

ARE you down in the dumps? Do you dread December and the onset of the "winter blues"? If so, it could be due to your hormones.

Our adjustment to the changing day lengths of the seasons is a hormonal mechanism which does not always work as well as it might.

Those affected suffer significant depression, mood swings, irritability, lethargy and sleep problems during the autumn and winter months. It's known as seasonal affective disorder, SAD.

There is a possible solution: one or two hours' daily exposure to a light box which produces about 10 times the intensity of ordinary domestic lighting helps up to 85% of diagnosed SAD sufferers.

For more information visit www.sada.org.uk, which is the website of the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association.

MICHAEL MATTHEWS, Shiremoor, North Tyneside
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2007
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