Courtesy of Elev8
The onslaught of brutal weather battering certain parts of the nation over the past few weeks is beginning to take a toll on the health and well-being of some residents living through it, CBS Atlanta reports.
From Texas to the Carolinas to Atlanta, the roads were paved with ice and scores were left without power as a wintry mix hit Wednesday. The Mid-Atlantic region was also expected to be socked by the storm and up to a foot of snow could fall in some areas, the report says.
The harsh winter storms may be causing some people to develop what is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression or mental illness that develops during the winter months and is caused by a combination of cold temperatures, precipitation, and shorter days.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the clinical psychiatrist who first described the condition and writes about it in the book, â€œWinter Blues,â€ told CBS Atlanta that he has â€œseen a lot of [seasonal affective disorder] this season.â€