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Keeping healthy during the winter months can be incredibly difficult, especially in Minnesota. Many people are affected by seasonal mood disorders, effects of light deprivation, migraines and more, as a result of the cold weather and shorter days. Learn more about how University of Minnesota Physicians can help with these common winter struggles.

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Depression Is Very Common, Regardless Of The Season

Depression is extremely common, no matter what time of year– in fact, 16 million adults across the United States experience at least one major depressive episode every year. Luckily, there are many treatments available for depression.

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Light Therapy Can Help With Seasonal Mood Disorders

Seasonal mood disorders can be difficult to manage– especially in states like Minnesota where winter is long and unrelenting. In recent years, light therapy has emerged as a promising treatment to provide relief from those who are affected by seasonal mood disorders and their symptoms. 

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Winter Can Be Especially Stressful For Children

The winter months can be a stressful time for adults, but can also be especially difficult for children. Children can struggle with excessive food intake, light deprivation, the transitions from school to vacation and back to school and Minnesota weather conditions. 

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Winter “Hibernation” Can Take a Serious Toll on Physical Health

Winter in Minnesota can wreak havoc on an exercise plan. Long cold days and dark nights make it easy to want to avoid the cold and stay inside. Even a well intentioned, thoughtful workout routine can get sidelined by the cold. 

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Winter Can Trigger Migraine Flair-Ups

Nearly 39 million men, women and children in the United States suffer from migraines. What’s more, the winter months and changes in weather can increase the prevalence of migranes, triggering frequency when the temperatures become chilly. 

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