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Feeling sluggish during winter may not be seasonal affective disorder

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Experts say the sluggish feeling you've been having during the winter months may not be seasonal affective disorder.

Doctors say they've been seeing a lot of people cooped up and ready to get outside. Local experts have a few tips to help keep you healthy.
If you're feeling tired, eating more and feeling sluggish physically and mentally doctors say it may be time to rethink your winter routine.

Seasonal affective disorder hits most people in the fall in October and November. That's when the weather and time changes. Local experts say someone with seasonal affective disorder has most likely been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. Dr. Laura Mendyk, a family physician at Dean Health Clinics, says if you're feeling cooped up inside one of the best treatments is light therapy.

"Light therapy can be used. We recommend at 10,000 flux unit. It's safe even if you don't have seasonal affective disorder," said Mendyk.

Dr. Mendyk recommends you turn the light on as you're getting ready in the morning. The light can be shocking at first, but it stimulates daylight and can give you a boost of energy.

Another tip to keep from feeling sluggish in the winter months is to try to get outside as much as possible. You can try cross country skiing, snow shoeing or going for a winter walk.

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