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10 Expert Tips to Counter SAD This Year

When the days get shorter and winter weather starts creeping in, it has an effect on the mental and physical health of many Canadians. Once known as “the winter blues,” Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of clinical depression that happens when the weather and amount of light per day change. Five to six percent of Canadians will experience SAD in their lifetime, with another 15 per cent experiencing a milder form that affects mood and focus.

2020 has already been a challenging year, and those who are affected by SAD, including myself, are about to face an uncertain winter where our routines have already been disrupted and some coping mechanisms aren’t an option. To help us prepare for the months ahead, I spoke with Ann Marie MacDonald, Executive Director and CEO of the Hope and Me Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. She broke down the symptoms of SAD and the people who are most at risk and provided us with 10 tips to get through the season.

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