What's Ailing You: Winter blues

Psychiatrist Aaron Krasner says it's normal to feel momentarily discouraged in the winter. (2/6/14)

NEW CANAAN - This week, News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at the "winter blues."

Doctors say it's sometimes hard to separate out whether a person is experiencing depression or if the winter is affecting their mood. 

Psychiatrist Aaron Krasner, of New Canaan-based Silver Hill Hospital, says it's normal to feel momentarily discouraged in the winter. 

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But, if the "winter blues" are part of ongoing depression or low mood, Dr. Krasner says that addressing it could help. 

He says that sleep, a good diet and exercise can be beneficial. "Sometimes things are difficult and support in psychotherapy and sometimes medications can be helpful," says Dr. Krasner. 

News 12 Connecticut wants to know, "What's Ailing You." You ask the medical question and we'll work to find you an expert's answer. Send your questions by way of Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WhatsAilingYou.

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