The 21st Show

Enduring seasonal depression

City of Urbana

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For many the shift to the dark, cold days of winter can coincide with an internal shift.  Many people may start to feel more down than usual or feel lethargic or lacking motivation or energy in their days.  It might not just be the so-called winter blues; it may actually be seasonal affective disorder—or SAD—and it affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. To talk about it, The 21st was joined by a professor of clinical psychiatry and the clinical director of a counseling center.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with mental health, contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889).


Sally Weinstein, Ph.D. 

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago | Associate Director at the University of Illinois Center on Depression and Resilience. 

Courtney Boddie, Ph.D.

Licensed & Board-Certified Counselor and Counselor Educator practicing in Illinois and Missouri | Clinical Director for The Counseling Hub, LLC | Former Associate Dean & Director of Counseling Services at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.



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