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What is seasonal depression?

There is a relationship between winter and depression. There is a known condition called seasonal affective disorder, which was first identified as "winter depression" by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1984. It correlates with the shortening of days in the late fall and early winter when less natural sunlight is available. This condition has been found to be more common in residents of the more northern latitudes like Minnesota than in the more southern latitudes like Florida.

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