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SAD in the Winter Could Seasonal Affective Illness Be Disrupting the Lives of Northeastern Students? Becky Venne, a 31-year-old Northeastern graduate student, says she does not socialize much in the winter. Actually, she claims that she finds it hard to escape bed and spends all her day watching T.V., fulfilling her cravings for carbs and starchy meals. We've all experienced it at some point or another. The weather gets warmer, the days become shorter, and no matter how much sleep you had the night before, you still feel tired. These, along with weight gain and also feelings of sadness and lethargy are common throughout the winter months. However, what happens when those feelings become painful, and begin impacting one's personal life? "There's a time period that I believe most people who have SAD recognize there's more to this," said Venne. "It wasn't until I had some quiet time which I understood this isn't normal." What Venne is referring to is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder that more commonly affects people of all ages in the Northern regions of the Unites States. Even though most people experience some forms of depression during the winter months, SAD is diagnosed when this change in mood gets debilitating, causing a sever impact on the everyday life of the individual. Venne says she had been diagnosed with SAD about five years ago, soon after she moved to Boston. She describes her diagnoses as a lengthy, drawn out process, leaping from doctor to doctor, until she found the perfect psychopharmacologist. Dr. Elisa Castillo works at the Center For Counseling at Northeastern University, where she works with many students who have been diagnosed with SAD. She clarified that there are...