HealthDay - Winter Doldrums Got You Down? Here's How To Bounce Back

 – January 28, 2012  –– 

For some people a change in the seasons can trigger a loss of energy or even clinical depression, according to an expert who describes how to cope with seasonal affective disorder. The condition is caused by changes in ambient light, said Dr. Dan Iosifescu, director of the Mount Sinai Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. "A gland in our brain provides a time signal, based on the amount of ambient light, to various parts of the body. Like a metronome, the gland responds to signals from light and uses those cues to orchestrate the day/night cycle," said Dr. Iosifescu.
- Dr. Dan Iosifescu, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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