Doctors report more patients with seasonal disorders

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The cold continues and so does the concern for people developing seasonal affective disorder.

Doctors at SSM Health say they have seen an increase in patients feeling symptoms this winter season than in year's past.

Symptoms include fatigue, depression and social withdrawal.

"In America the average is about 5 percent of the population who suffer from seasonal affective disorder,” said Diana Flint, a doctor in family medicine at SSM Health. “However, in a northern population further away from the equator, it can actually be around 9 percent or so in Wisconsin. We see a prevalence that's closer to 9 percent."

If you're feeling symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, you are advised to talk to your doctor for treatment options.