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For Winter's Gloom, a Healing Dose of Light in a Garden
February 22, 2013

 Lynne Spevack led a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this month. Ms. Spevack is a psychotherapist with a specialty in seasonal affective disorder. She believes sunlight is a good antidote.

Researchers have found that seasonal affective disorder is common, and more prevalent in places far from the Equator. The malady is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Michael Terman, the president of Columbia’s center, estimates that about 5 percent of New Yorkers experience serious depression during the winter and about half of all New Yorkers experience some symptoms, including a lack of motivation.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/for-winters-gloom-a-healing...

 

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