It’s much more common in areas like the northeast where the weather stays bad for longer periods of time.
But doctors in Tulsa have seen some cases of SAD. Dr. Dale Doty with Christian Family Institute tells KRMG the weather does affect mood, but some cases are far more serious than others.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is usually associated with depression and is more common during the winter months.
But in southern climates, like Florida, only about 1 percent of people have this issue. The further north you go, that number can reach as high as 10 percent. Dr. Doty says there could be more to it than just sun too. Cold weather could also contribute to people staying in and not being as active.
And despite the nice weather moving into Tulsa today and this weekend, SAD won’t go away just because of a nice day. People who are truly affected have a harder time bouncing back.