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D D D Ouad City. HArald January. 29 lh.J8 VAaA b The winter blues and s.rt00anmai, an.wi.assureyou how to solve them they willalwaysbe here when you need LLIED MEDICAL E UIPMENT -fast. We "CARE" about your home care by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer Get up in the dark, confront a dreary sky that only grudgingly consents to change from dark gray to light gray . Go to work or school under that dreary sky, go home through the clouds or fog. Fight slush underfoot, slick roads under the car wheels, cold weather all the time. Spend little time outside in the cold and the slush and the gloomy thick, misty fog and clouds. (Sigh.) It's winter, and along with colds and flu the winter blues are a sign of the season. Many times they are just a passing reaction to the long (very long) month of January. But they can also be a sign of a disease known as SeasonalAffective Disorder (SAD). Both the transitory winter blues and SAD are characterized by depression, tiredness and sluggishness, socializing less and needing more sleep, feeling irritable and less cheerful. But where the blues only last for a little while, SAD lasts all winter. People whose depressive symptoms persist more than two or three weeks should consult a physician, said Carol Hardin, a nurse at Community Medi- cal Center. In fact, SAD symptoms can begin as early as September, when the days begin to get shorter. "Light plays a big part in its origin and and in its treatment," according to a handout provided by Brad Hagen of Main Street Health Associates. The cause of SAD appears to be connected to production of a chemical in the brain. Melatonin can adversely affect a person's mood; it is usually produced when it is dark. The longer winter nights boost melatonin production in the body; the nighttime lights used in homes and offices is not adequate to counteract the affect. Diagnosing SAD is difficult, since its symptoms are common to all types of depression. Diagnosis will take two to three years of observation. People who live in northern latitudes (much like Wash- ington) are more susceptible. Activity appears to be good remedy for the winter blues as well as SAD. People should go outside as much as possible, stay active and stay involved in social activities. Another treatment for SAD is light therapy . People should keep their curtains open during the daylight hours to get as much natural light as possible. There are therapies that use very bright lights after the sun goes down, but the amount and intensity of the light needed for beneficial affects varies from person to person. People must consult their physician to determine the most effective light therapy. Some patients don't respond to light therapy, and must use drugs or psychotherapy. GROSS DRUG We Appreciate Your Business 509-686-5191 2520 Foster Ave., Bridgeport 716 W. Main Ave., Brewster 689-3487 HARMONY HOUSE 00._ak IEALTH CARE CENTER We offer Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy (with licensed therapist) along with Audiology & Podiatry Services, Skilled Nursing Care & Respite Care W E CARE ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONE JERRY TRETWOLD NANCY BAKER, R.N. Administrator Director of Nunin8 River Plaza P.O. Box 829, Brewster, WA. 98812 509-689-2546 LAG ROCK C ..: :.:: :i:i: :i:!: :'":: !ii!::iii RONALD D; NIELSEN, M.D. JUDITH D. NIELSEN, M. D. ;::;:; ............. Located In : : :::.:::: EAGLE ROCK PROFESSIONAL BUILDING !iii ii!iiil 411 N.W. Hospital Way Brewster iiii!i i!iiiiiiiiil 509-,689-3749  ' ii!!i DUANE L. RANA, O.D. DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY Located at Okanogan Douglas County Hospital in Brewster Call 689-2517 for more information or an appoinanent Visit Your Good Neighbor Pharmacy for... W Everyday Values - Prescriptions Fast, Friendly Service Professional Consultation Convenience! Dedicated to your good health & good service. 689-2535 - 105 S. 6th St., Brewster Family Vision Care , IIIIIk;-L-_...o I ' '''q ^m*' "t lll! Optometric Association I Contact Lenses (509) 689-2342 123 Hospital Way Brewster, WA, 98812 ADULT CARE Hour Care . Rose Holder, RN N 689-2662 Sharon Sm/th, RN 689-8020 Contracted with DSHS An Alternatlve to a Nursln If you have any questions or information about the medical profession that you would like to see on this page! Call 689-2507 or 1-800-201-2507 or write Quad City Herald, A'ITN: Medical World, P.O. Box 37. Brewster, WA. 98812 =..,uv, CALTHERAPY ooo00,,, Mon., Wed. & Thurs. D  T Monday thru Friday 689-2517 .689-2223 or 689-2317 @@ COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER 689 2525 QuaW Care WHh a.falo//Town Touch' Ed Van Tassel, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. Practicing general orthopedics and sports medicine. Jim Lamberton, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. Special interest in acute and chronic bone and joint disorders. Dr. Lynn Quisumbing Board Certified Internal Medicine. Specializes - Adult Medicine Sub Special - Hematology/Oncology Dr. Luis Panuncialman Board Certified General Surgeon Keith Hanson, M.D. Board Certified Family Practice. Special. Interests: Obstetrics & Family Practice. "1 Roberta Knorr, M.D. Board Certified Pediatrics. Also practicing Obstetrics. Se habla Espafiol. Kathleen Hanson, A.R.N,R Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Received additional schooling for full range family medicine. c00wa00 Stout, C00(DS Family Dentistry Serving your family with Preventative, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry 121 as Brewster (509)689-2557 MAIN STREET HEALTH Asociados de Salud LINDA NIEHAus, M.D. BRAD HAGEN, ARNP, FNP SHERYL SMITH, ARNP, CNM (509) 689-8900 Toll Free (888) 901-8900 FAMILY PRACTICE INCLUDING OBSTETRICS I MEDICINA FAMILIAR INCLUYENDO OBSTETRICIA I Hablamos Espafiol I 418 W. 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