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Straight From the Shrink

Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.

Is the Weather Making you SAD?

What better day to write about the weather changing that Daylight Savings Day? Around this time of year, some of us start to feel irritable, down, or tired. The sun is shining less, it's cold out, and it gets dark earlier. People who suffer from seasonal depression can be diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD typically rears its ugly head in fall and lasts through the winter months.

I remember April of last year and it was still gloomy and cold and all my clients were telling me they were depressed. The winter seemed to go on from November to May and by March/April everyone was feeling it. I was right there with my clients. I would even tell them "I know how you're feeling" because I did. I was tired and cranky. I just wanted a 50 degree sunny day. It eventually came but geez it took a long time and the older I get, the less tolerant I am of the weather. Good thing I have a bad memory or I probably wouldn't still be living here. Not when there's places like San Diego that are sunny and 70 year round. But, I do love the four seasons and celebrating the holidays with fresh snow which you can't get in San Diego.

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