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By Chris Conte

Winter warm up helps cure seasonal depression

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- With temperatures pushing 50 degrees across Southeastern Minnesota on Wednesday, you didn't have to look very hard to find bikers or runners in shorts but doctors say the winter warm up is especially good for people suffering from seasonal depression.

"There's an entity called Seasonal Affective Disorder where the hormonal changes that happen with the shortened day really result in a biological depression," says Dr. Bruce Sutor.

While the warmer temperatures do help put a positive spin on things, doctors say simply having the sun out a little bit longer each day helps with some of the hormonal imbalances some people deal with during the winter. Studies have also shown that people who live in northern climates are more likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

"I think people are just more geared to like warmer weather than the freezing cold," Dr. Sutor adds.

With each sign of spring though, symptoms of seasonal depression will slowly melt away.

"It's warmer, people can be outside and they can get out of the shadows and the darkness and they can be more active," says Dr. Sutor.

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