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Police chief is alert to the winter doldrums

WWPD Chief Scott Bieber. Photo via linkedin.

WALLA WALLA, Washington – As the seasons change, it can have an effect on people. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons and it’s something Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber said officers see having an effect on some local citizens.

“I love summer,” Bieber said. “I love sunny days, but now we get shorter daylight hours. If you have a seasonal affective, depression wise, don’t feel ashamed. Reach out, get the help you need.”

Bieber brought up SAD because the county’s suicide rate is on the high side.

“All of us need to step up and help people that have some issues with seasonal affective disorder or any kind of depression that happens,” Bieber added.

SAD is not just a winter disorder. While not as common, it can also be experienced in the spring and summer. The Mayo Clinic said symptoms for winter-onset SAD include oversleeping, appetite changes, weight gains, and tiredness or low energy. Summer-onset SAD symptoms include trouble sleeping, poor appetite, weight loss, and agitation or anxiety.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides around-the-clock, free and confidential support for people in distress and their friends and family, as well as best practices for professionals.

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