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Psychologists see Seasonal Affective Disorder increase during COVID-19

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Psychologists are seeing an increase of Season Affective Disorder during COVID-19.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by depression. Symptoms include social withdrawal., fatigue, depression and hopelessness.

Psychologists say COVID continues to disrupt our normal lives and people feel increasingly isolated and burned out, and are getting even less sunlight than usual while staying at home.

According to Psychology Todayapproximately 10 million Americans experience symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Mental health professionals say this number is likely higher this year due to an increase in mental health problems overall.


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Karen Cruz-Orduña

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