What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Do you feel moody, tired, or overwhelmed during specific times of the year? If so, you may suffer from a mental health issue that plagues millions of Americans: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although it remains widely misunderstood, awareness of this problem is on the rise. The sooner you can identify it and seek help, the easier you’ll find it to get through the year’s most miserable seasons. Signs And Symptoms SAD symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next, to the point that the timing of the disorder is often more indicative than the symptoms themselves. Issues typically…

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Skiing And Snowboarding Safety Tips You Might Not Already Know About

Winter activities may be exciting, but they’re also dangerous. Experts at the Center for Injury Research and Policy highlight the wrists and arms as chief areas of injury for snowboarders, while skiers more commonly encounter issues with their knees, heads, or faces. Serious incidents often involve traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death in both sports. Thankfully, a variety of precautions can minimize these risks. Wear Proper Safety Equipment Far too many skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes without bothering to invest in necessary equipment. No matter how advanced their skill level, winter athletes can benefit from…

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Protecting the Elderly And Other Individuals From Hypothermia During the Winter

Hypothermia fatalities are on the rise, with seniors proving especially vulnerable. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that, while the general population suffered a hypothermia-related fatality rate of 0.3 and 0.5 per 100,000 between 2003 and 2013, this rate increased to 1.1 per 100,000 for women over the age of 65 and 1.8 for men within that age range. With seniors — especially those dealing with illness or injury — the following precautions can provide not only additional comfort, but also, valuable protection against a deadly condition: Know the Signs Hypothermia isn’t always immediately obvious to outsiders or…

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Frost on the Roads: Identifying the Dangers And Navigating Around Them

Believe it or not, there’s plenty to love about the cold season. Road conditions, however, do not belong on that list of positives. With the end of summer construction comes a sudden increase in weather-based hazards that place even the most attentive drivers at risk. With a little awareness, however, it’s possible to navigate winter roads without finding yourself in harm’s way. Ice Is Not the Only Danger Winter drivers are well aware of the perils posed by black ice, but this is by no means the only cold-weather hazard that can make roads dangerous in the winter. Frost can…

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How You Can Avoid a Car Accident While Driving in the Snow

Washington D.C. is known for its brutal winters, and the city is no stranger to heavy snow and possible storms. Extreme winter weather can bring an increase in car accidents throughout the city. While commuters still need to travel to and from work, snow and ice can accumulate and make road conditions extremely dangerous. According to a study by the American Public Health Association (AJPH), more than 1.5 million car accidents per year involve poor weather conditions. The AJPH also reported that poor driving conditions involving bad weather are responsible for 7,000 deaths and 800,000 injuries per year. 4 Ways…

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Winter Can Be Hard on the Heart

The cold and the snow of common with winter weather can also be health hazards. The cold air can decrease oxygen flow to the heart by constricting blood vessels. Even simple acts like walking become more challenging, and many individuals are at risk for a heart attack. Strenuous Activities Many people perform activities in the winter which they cannot during warmer weather. Cross-country and downhill skiing can be strenuous activities if your body is not prepared for them. Shoveling snow also puts a strain on the heart. Even pushing a snow blower carries a risk. Everyday activities become more difficult…

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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Much of the United States recently experienced extremely cold temperatures. The Polar Vortex can be quite dangerous – many people risk serious health conditions, such as hypothermia, during these cold temperatures. Follow these Far North tips to stay safe and warm during the Polar Vortex. Wear Lots of Layers If you’re not used to cold weather, you may believe that you do not have an appropriate winter wardrobe. The key to surviving the winter does not necessarily involve special cold weather gear – layers are key. By layering lots of clothes on top of each other, you can trap warm…

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Why You Should Be Cautious Around Frozen Bodies of Water

Freezing weather conditions may create safety hazards that can harm you or cause property damage. For instance, we recently discussed how you could cause a house fire by improperly heating your home. Another blog later this week will talk about the hazards of frozen pipes. Frozen bodies of water are a cold-weather hazard that deserve more attention. Each year, people fall through the ice of frozen lakes, rivers and ponds. Any type of activity over frozen bodies of water could put you at risk of drowning. There is no guarantee the ice will be able to support your weight. You…

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