WTRF: The chemical reason behind the winter blues of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Our thanks to reporter Colin Roose and local news station WTRF for interviewing Wendy Ralston, Clinical Manager, Behavioral Health Services, Trinity Health System, on seasonal affective disorder (SAD). An excerpt from their story is below.


The holidays are over, the skies are gray, and the temperature keeps dipping down.

It’s a tough time if you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, where the winter changes can bring on fatigue and sadness.

However, according to Trinity Health, fixing a simple chemical imbalance could mean a happier January.

“Seasonal affective disorder has a lot to do with the increased darkness and the and the increased dark hours in the day. So if you can just sit by a window and read, exercising by the window, a lot of that will just help increase the serotonin levels as well. And so anything that you can do to get any natural sunlight.” — Wendy Ralston, Behavioral Health Services Director, Trinity Health System


You can see the entire report by clicking here.