Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) plagues six of every 100 people in the United States, according to statistics by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The main age of onset of SAD is between 18 and 30 years old. The disorder is related to seasonal variations of light (or lack thereof).
No wonder it affects so many students at Notre Dame.
That’s a pretty dramatic shift of scenery. Beautiful, as the white pathway and snow-covered dome are. But best viewed through a photograph or the warmth of a LaFortune window.
Check out The Observer‘s archives on Seasonal Affective Disorder here.
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They have goggles for that! Two little lights feed light to your eyes — you just put it on, like a workman’s visor. Alaskians have dealt with prolonged periods with little light; likewise, people around the world in those extreme latitudes (i.e. Nords, Sweeds, Finns, Siberians…) They’ve adapted to those conditions. I hear exercise helps.
Check out the episode of “No Reservations”, where Anthony Bourdain travels to Iceland.