Doctors: Many feeling seasonal affective disorder

Many are feeling physical and emotional effects from this winter.

Many are feeling physical and emotional effects from this winter. (3/4/15)

EDISON - For some people, the winter months can be emotionally daunting. For some, they can be downright draining and lead to an affliction known as seasonal affective disorder.

Psychotherapist Maria Misito-Kloss says nearly 3 million people are dealing with the disorder this winter. She says it is a “chemical imbalance in the brain prompted by shorter daylight.”

“Typically they are feeling sad, they are feeling depressed and they are feeling like they don't want to get out of bed,” Misito-Kloss says.

Misito-Kloss and other medical experts say the disorder can be treated.

"Seasonal affective disorder is a vitamin D deficiency,” says News 12 New Jersey’s Dr. Derrick DeSilva.

Misito-Kloss and DeSilva say the disorder can be treated with vitamin D supplements, light therapy and even exercise. They also suggest that people should try to go outside when possible.

"Don't you feel better when you're out in the sun and in the summer?  Why do you feel like that...it's the vitamin D,” says Dr. DeSilva.

Doctors say seasonal affective disorder generally picks up in fall and ends in early spring.  Cases spike in winter. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One person was killed in a shooting on 1 At least 1 dead in Thursday night Newark shooting
St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 2 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
Genesis Rincon was shot and killed by a 3 Man pleads guilty for death of 12-year-old girl
Kane In Your Corner continues its investigation into 4 KIYC: NJSPCA no-bid contracts questioned
Marist High School in Bayonne is not giving 5 Marist High School appeals to Pope in final attempt to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE