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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that, more often, occurs during the shorter days of winter when our exposure to sunlight is reduced. Symptoms build up slowly and can include feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, weight gain, loss of energy, increased sleep and inability to concentrate.

Dr. Krausediscusses how to recognize and manage Seasonal Affective Disorder in yourself or family members. Dr. Krause also discusses use of medications, diet, exercise, counseling and light therapy to treat SAD.

Dr. Krause is a Psychologist with Holland Hospital Behavioral Health Services.

Dr. Krause's colleague, Dr. Thomas Kuhn, will be giving a free public presentation on this same topic on January 9th at Holland Hospital from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. The public can register at (616) 394-3344 or online at www.hollandhospital.org