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The weather may have you suffering from more than just the winter blues

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LIBERTY TWP., Ohio - The snow may have been a welcome sight for some people at the start of winter, but it's wearing out its welcome for millions of Americans.

"We definitely see an increase in terms of assessments," said Courtney Sanders with Valley Counseling Services.

Sanders says many people may have bouts of depression this time of year.

Most likely, they're suffering from seasonal affective disorder. It is a mild to moderate type of depression that can cause people to feel less energetic or moody. Symptoms can begin as early as fall time and last throughout springtime.

"Things that you might feel are terms of hopelessness, feeling like you don't know if you can continue on, that you feel that there is no end in sight, loss of energy, social isolation, loss of interest, maybe changes in appetite," Sanders said.

Sanders says you don't have to wait until spring to start feeling more like yourself. By talking with a family member or friend, starting a hobby at home or engaging in social activities, people with seasonal affective disorder can ward off the winter blues. However, more severe cases could require talking to a professional.

"Reaching out, talking to others about it, finding supports within the community, finding hobbies, activities that kind of increase your self esteem and your confidence and finding things that keep you interested and help with increasing your focus," Sanders said.

If you notice your symptoms increasing or if they are becoming more persistent, you can call #211 in the Youngstown area or a counseling center for help.

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