Scientists say one disorder could intensify during the pandemic. For people who suffer seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this year could be especially difficult.
The changing of the seasons can be a beautiful time. For those suffering from SAD it can be a very dark time. Fewer hours of sunlight can cause a drop in brain chemicals that regulate mood leading to depression. Combined with isolation brought on by the pandemic, mental health experts expect more severe cases.
"They may be already depressed due to COVID and SAD would intensify it and they may not realize how deep it really is. It may cause severe issues as they deepen the depression through the winter months," said Monty Miller, a psychotherapist at Saint Luke's.
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