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Weather and Depression

Thalia Hayden

Weather and Depression

CREATED Jul. 13, 2012

 

Coachella Valley-- The gray skies and muggy weather is affecting people in various ways. Psychologists say they're seeing an increase in patients, complaining of depression, and they say in some cases, it's weather-related.

Psychotherapist Kimberley Yang says this is all too common when the sun hides, and the humidity is unbearable.

"There are things such as seasonal affective disorder. Most people think people get depressed in cold weather but hot weather also brings out aggressive behavior, lack of energy, a sense of feeling trapped, just sluggishness in general," says Yang.

Yang says to seek professional help if symptoms of depression last longer than a week.

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