Department of Psychological Science
Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression
January 16, 2014
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Even on yet another cloudy day in Vermont, walking into Dr. Kelly Rohan's office offers a glimmer of hope.
"This is not a coincidence, I take my surroundings very seriously given my line of work," Dr. Kelly Rohan, Professor of Psychology at UVM, said.
Two windows, bright yellow walls, and stunning pictures of the Greek Islands act as a substitute to sunshine. Since 2008, Dr. Rohan's conducted a winter blues study with nearly 200 locals impacted by SAD.
"Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of clinical depression that takes place in the fall and winter months, and fully goes away in the spring and summer months," Rohan said.