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Psychiatrist recommends Vitamin D-3 supplement for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- With cold temperatures across the Southern Tier experts say if you are feeling a bit down, the lack of sunlight might be to blame.

"Our bodies make a vitamin in response to sunlight, it's Vitamin D-3," said Dr. Tara Belsare, a psychiatrist in Binghamton. "This vitamin is a natural mood elevator and supports immune functioning, it's very rare to find depressed people on the beach," she said.

The Southern Tier in January is not exactly the beach Dr. Belsare says.

"Here in the Southern Tier we're kind of in a valley so we have even less sunlight than would be expected for our latitude," she said.

Something that everyone has their own way of dealing with.

"I'm just watching Netflix, eating comfort food, getting fat," said Rocky Brown of Binghamton "That's what usually comforts me the most," she said.

Dr. Belsare says the best way to fight those winter blues is to get to the root of the problem.

"Get out in the sun however you can," she said.

If you're at work all day and have trouble getting sunlight in the winter months, Dr. Belsare says there are solutions.

"Vitamin D-3 can be obtained from your local pharmacy" she said. "If you take it in the amount of 3000-7000 international units in the morning it will alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder," she said.

If that doesn't work she says to contact your doctor.

"There's a medication called bupropion, an antidepressant that's been around for a long time that will also alleviate seasonal affective symptoms," she said.

Belsare says that Seasonal Affective Disorder is treatable and your doctor should be able to come up with a treatment plan that works for you.

Jack Arpey

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