Ask the Doctor: Seasonal Affective Disorder can drive mood changes


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - This is the time of year when people can start to get the winter blues or the holidays get them down.

But how do you tell the difference between the blues and true depression?

Dr. Steve Samuels from Franciscan Health joined on Eyewitness News at Noon to help us better understand the risk. We asked Dr. Samuels about they types of cases he's seeing lately.

"We are seeing some seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is common in people who move to the midwest from areas that get more sunshine in the winter, like the the southwest, or people who come from central America where the have much less variation in the length of sunshine from summer to winter due to living closer to the equator," he said.

Click on the media player above to see more of our visit with Dr. Samuels.