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Wellness Wednesday: Seasonal Affective Disorder Amid The Pandemic

A woman with her head in her hands while wearing a mask.
Engin Akyurt

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression linked to the shortened days of winter.

SAD could be worse this year for people already worn down by months of relative isolation and heading into another holiday season disrupted by the pandemic.

Today on Wellness Wednesday owe discuss how to cope with seasonal depression and embrace winter’s chill.


  • Paul Desan, assistant professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
  • Christopher Minson, professor of physiology, University of Oregon
  • Dr. John Swartzberg, chair of the editorial board, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Wellness Letter

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