Today! Wendy Ralston Discusses SAD on Novotney Now!

Wendy Ralston, Clinical Manager, Behavioral Health Services, at Trinity Health System, will be interviewed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, December 20, 2023) on Novotney Now, which is hosted by veteran journalist Steve Novotney, a voice in the Ohio Valley for nearly 20 years.

The topic of their discussion is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression greatly impacted and deepened by the shorter days and longer nights of the fall and winter months, especially January and February.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “About 5 percent of adults in the U.S. experience SAD and it typically lasts about 40 percent of the year. It is more common among women than men.”

Symptoms are varied, but can range from a loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and/or sleep, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Ms. Ralston will address this topic thoroughly, along with ways to treat SAD.

Novotney Now can be heard in the Steubenville/Weirton areas on 100.9 FM and AM1430 WEIR and in the Wheeling area on 100.1 FM and AM1290 WOMP.

You can also stream Novotney Now here: