KMBC: People with SAD may find it intensifies with changing seasons, pandemic

October 15, 2020

Scientists say one disorder could intensify during the pandemic. For people who suffer seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this year could be especially difficult.

The changing of the seasons can be a beautiful time. For those suffering from SAD it can be a very dark time. Fewer hours of sunlight can cause a drop in brain chemicals that regulate mood leading to depression. Combined with isolation brought on by the pandemic, mental health experts expect more severe cases.

"They may be already depressed due to COVID and SAD would intensify it and they may not realize how deep it really is. It may cause severe issues as they deepen the depression through the winter months," said Monty Miller, a psychotherapist at Saint Luke's.

Watch the full story below. 

Related Content

KMBC: As pandemic continues, more people seeking mental health help
With so many added stresses from COVID-19, job pressures, family and financial challenges and kids at home 24/7, many people are grieving and some don't realize it.
41 Action News: Monty Miller, manager, Saint Luke's outpatient behavioral health health clinical services
KSHB: 'Social distancing fatigue' contributing to increase in COVID-19 infection
Saint Luke's Behavioral Health experts talk to KSHB about why people should be focused on surviving COVID-19 right now, and not thriving. 
KCTV 5 News. Coronavirus Pandemic: Protecting your mental health. New at 10:00
KCTV: Protecting your mental health in the midst of a pandemic, protests, and politics
The ongoing pandemic, protests, and politics can weigh heavily on everyone. KCTV talked to psychotherapist Monty Miller about how to cope in a stressful time.