Feeling SAD this Holiday: Seasonal Affective Disorder, know the symptoms of SAD

      Have you ever experienced feelings of unexplained sadness and energy loss during Winter? How can you tell if these feelings are your body’s normal reaction to the elevated stress associated with the Winter holidays or something more? Everyone feels the blues sometimes, but those who with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  experience symptoms that go far beyond general moodiness. SAD is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months subsiding around April or May, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. SAD affects 10 million American adults. As many as one in 10 people experience the disorder in states where the climates are colder and cloudier. Anyone can get SAD, but it’s more common in: Women. People who live far from the equator, where winter daylight hours are very short. People between the ages of 15 and 55. People who have a close relative with SAD. Experts aren’t sure what causes SAD. But they think it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Lack of light may upset your “biological clock,” which controls your sleep-wake pattern. Lack of sunlight may also cause problems with serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood. Some symptoms of SAD include, but are not limited to: Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious. Lose interest in your usual activities. Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta. Gain weight. Sleep more but still feel tired. Have trouble concentrating. There are 3 main courses...

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

          Well Parents, the holidays are upon us once again and while we strive to give our children most every gift they desire; there are some safety considerations to keep in mind. Scooters, bicycles and skateboards, oh my! Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be quite harmful and even deadly. *Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit. *Heed the age range listed on the package. *Keep your neighborhood traffic in mind. If you live on a busy street, perhaps a backyard riding toy would prove safer. Small balls and other toys with small parts are sure to be fun but could also become choking hazards. *Again, heed the age range listed on packaging. Children under 3 years of age tend to explore their world mouth first. *Consider keeping track of small toy parts by placing them in zipper lock sandwich bags, this way you will be aware if any stray parts are left behind on the floor where small children and pets could ingest them   Toys and electronic games with Lithium button batteries can be a danger hiding in your home. When swallowed, these small batteries get stuck in the throat. The saliva triggers an electric current which causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. *Consider items that have a battery compartment which requires a screwdriver or household tool to open. *Keep extra batteries out of the reach of small fingers on a high shelf or locked cabinet for...

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