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Feeling SAD?

Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming? - It's not normal to feel down during the holidays, but many people do. Often times, family gatherings, which should bring joy, cause stress and this year could be worse because of the country's poor financial shape.

With the days shortening toward winter, many people will begin to experience the winter blahs. For some, the effect can be devastating. Researcher David Baron says, "As the days get shorter and shorter, Seasonal affective disorder presents at this time of year. Less daylight can be a big mood-changer for folks sensitive to the effects of less sunlight exposure, who suddenly might feel the winter blues coming on." It even affects the stock market!

About 6% of the US population suffers from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD?depression that begins in the fall and continues through winter. Sufferers may even find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

A new study shows that SAD may be linked to a genetic mutation in the eye that makes a person less sensitive to light. Biologist Ignacio Provencio says, "These individuals may require brighter light levels to maintain normal functioning during the winter months."

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