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With 2021’s autumn equinox come and gone, sunset is starting to creep forward. Soon, it will be practically dark by 5 p.m. — a dispiriting prospect.

For some, the shift from sun-drenched summer to dark and dismal weather is more than a mere bummer, and can herald a period of cyclical depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or (appropriately yet unfortunately) SAD. According to quarterly journal Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, SAD impacts up to 7.9% of the general population, depending on the study and geographic region in question, and can range from a mild case of the “winter blues” to more debilitating symptoms.

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