Seasonal Affective Disorder


Dani Hoover is a 26-year-old social worker in Indianapolis. She has battled depression and anxiety since high school, and the pandemic hasn’t made it any easier.

Winter Messes With Your Brain: Here's How To Help

Dec 29, 2015
In the winter, our sleeping and eating habits may change in order to conserve energy. But we're not supposed to hibernate.
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The way your body reacts to the seasons is controlled by a very old and primitive part of the brain that is about the size of a walnut. It’s called the hypothalamus.

It's to a cluttered central clearing house, not unlike a janitor's closet, says Janis Anderson, director of the Seasonal Affective Disorders Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

This story was produced by WGBH.