Winter weather woes, cabin fever sets in for some East Texans
POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 7:10pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Another dose of heavy snow is expected to smack the Midwest and North East this week, and cabin fever is setting in for countless Americans up North. However, here in East Texas this prolonged chilly weather has many singing the winter blues too. "I just know that when it's like this I want to curl up with a book and stay home, “Vicky Jackson of Bullard told KETK News.”I put on my heavy coat and go for a walk then rush back to the house and warm up,” John Bullock of Emory, said.
Tyler physician, Dr. Brian Lowry tells KETK News, the desire to say inside, is a real disorder many people face when winter rolls around, "In the medical field seasonal affective disorder is a real thing, people up in the northern climates usually have it much worse than we do, but down here in Texas we usually do not have a whole lot of days of cloudiness, but this year we've had a lot more rain, clouds and cold," Dr. Lowry said.
And according to KETK meteorologist Dr. Robert Thornton, "The temperatures are going to stay cold pretty much 30s and 40s for highs and 20s and 30s for lows at night." And Dr. Brian Lowry says cabin fever can have negative effects on your health, “You don't get enough sunlight, people don't get enough nutrients they need to the skin being outdoors they get more cabin fever they get cooped up in the house and you're around more people so you tend to get more illnesses.” And he says the prescription for this kind of fever —is blue skies and sunshine, something we'll all just have to wait for.
For ways to combat seasonal affective disorder visit: http://www.webmd.com/depression/tc/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad-treatment-overview