How to Cope with the Winter Blues

ARLINGTON - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as the "winter blues" is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout the year experience depressive symptoms including moodiness, sadness, loss of interest in usual activities, weight gain and drowsiness typically beginning in the fall or winter.

Experts are unsure what causes SAD, but believe it is related to a lack of sunlight which can upset your sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms and/or may cause problems with serotonin levels that affects mood. On the bright side, there are simple ways to cope with SAD that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Join Ana del Rosal, L.Ac., MSAc and Eric Katz, LCSW-R, LICSW of the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine for an informative discussion on non-narcotic therapies for treating SAD Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. at the Martha Canfield Library. The lecture will be followed by a Q & A session and an Auricular Acupuncture demonstration. Del Rosal is a Vermont State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist (NCCAOM) who focuses on stress reduction, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, mood disorders, allergies, women's health, and fibromyalgia. She earned her Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MSAc) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and studied Holistic Nutrition at New York's Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Katz is a Vermont and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma, males with depression, anger control problems, coping with stress and creating wellness plans. He earned his Master's in Social Work from The State University of New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare.

The Martha Canfield Library Sandgate Meeting Room is located at 528 East Arlington Road. Call the Stram Center to reserve a seat at 802-445-3152. For more information about the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, visit their website at


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