Northlanders ready for winter to be over

By KBJR News 1

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- This winter is on pace to be the second coldest in history, with 75 days below zero.

On top that, we have seen more than 100 inches of snow. And even now winter's grasp won't let go.

It's getting to a lot of Northlanders.

"It's a mental health diagnosis. And it's a form of a depression and it tends to come obviously in the colder seasons," said Troy Otterson, a certified Psychotherapist in Duluth.

Some cases of Seasonal Affective disorder are seen in the Northland due to less sunlight and cold weather, but Otterson says its not that bad for the majority of people...who actually suffer from the more mild "winter doldrums". But a lot of folks might disagree!

"This is the worst winter I remember. Period. In life," said Duluth resident Spencer Wooden.

"It's been horrible. It's been the worst winter. It's made me really want to move," said Alicia Phillips.

Otterson says our bodies are naturally building up energy but we feel locked in because of this winter-like spring.

"I can't wait for the summertime. I'm ready for it to be over. It's been a bit much," said Wooden.

"I was looking forward to a change of season two months ago,"said Phillips.

Experts say complaining might make you feel better, but sitting around and dwelling on the fact this winter has been nearly unbearable won't do you any good.

"You really have to get out and make something happen. Move the body, talk to some friends, develop some social outlets, go bowling, go to the gym," said Otterson.

And bring a little sunshine into your own life

Experts say those who are already prone to depression may actually suffer the Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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