Local health expert offers advice for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some people experience a serious mood change during the fall and winter months called Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Wapello County Public Health Director Lynelle Diers says the best ways to prevent symptoms of SAD include getting plenty of rest, eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting outside to absorb sunlight when you can.

â??What they have found, is that sometimes our serotonin levels seems to become reduced during the fall and winter months,â?? Diers said. â??Some of the signs and symptoms: A feeling of hopelessness, depression, gaining weight, not wanting to be around others, which is social isolation feeling like you can't get enough sleep.â??

Diers says to see a doctor if your symptoms cannot be controlled. They may be able to prescribe a mood lamp or an anti-depressant.