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WINTER BLUES? Therapist says Seasonal Affective Disorder may be to blame

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March is usually a tricky month in Minnesota because it usually brings the first real taste of spring, but that hasn't been the case so far and that has many Minnesotans feeling the winter blues.

Although the Minnesota Twins' home opener is only about two weeks away, crews have barely had a chance to touch up Target Field. There's still snow and ice on the seats, but the team assured FOX 9 News the stadium will be ready for opening day despite a fresh round of snow heading to the cities.

For many Minnesotans, this has felt like the winter that just won't end -- and many are hoping the approaching storm will bring the final flakes.

After midnight, more snow could make a mess of the morning commute. Gusty winds are expected to create blizzard-like conditions to the west of the metro -- and this new blast has many people feeling the winter blues.

"Seasonal affective disorder, which is kind of a depression that happens late fall and into winter," explained Therapist Shonda Craft, adding that it often hits people who stay indoors for long periods of time while they struggle with the snow. "Just do something that is going to make you happy and try to get enough sleep. Eat healthy, stay in contact with people. It's real easy to get isolated when you are inside."

Mike Nguyen took her advice by spending some time in a climate-controlled warm environment -- the Como Botanical Gardens. He said being in that space gave him "a lot of energy."

"I just want to jump out of my chair," he said.

Beating the winter blues isn't something you should try on your own, however. Health experts say there is plenty of professional help available, and though it may not seem like it, spring is right around the corner.

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