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Preventing the Winter Blues

If all this snow is giving you a case of cabin fever or even depression, experts say it's normal for this time of year.
JOPLIN, MO.--- If all this snow is giving you a case of cabin fever or even depression, experts say it's normal for this time of year. Experts say there are three reasons why you may be feeling depressed this winter. A lot of pressure on your wallet can cause depression because funds may be low due to the holidays. 

Sunlight is why we feel good about ourselves and the sun doesn't come out often during the winter. You become less active, which can cause you to feel like you haven't accomplished anything. Once you identify your reason, Freeman Ozark Center Vice President of Clinical Operations Dr. Del Camp says you must do something about it by being active. 

"As difficult as it is it sometimes, it feels good to get outside and get active whether it's shoveling snow or throwing a few snowballs and running right back into the house. Those kinds of things can be really important physically and it gets the heart rate going. It kind of gets the family loosened up a little bit, that sort of thing," said Dr. Del Camp, Freeman Ozark Center Vice President of Clinical Operations. 

Dr. Camp says if you've been around people too much and need time to yourself, make that happen by spending time focusing on you. 
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