Health: Dark Days, Darker Spirits

Get the blahs every winter? You may be a SAD victim

Nell Krabacher lived happily with her husband in Anchorage throughout the spring and summer of 1986. Then came the fall. As the days grew shorter, her spirits darkened. The ex-aerobics instructor, then 30, began gorging on carbohydrates, became increasingly lethargic, and would burst into tears for no apparent reason. By November, when daylight lasted only seven hours, Krabacher had gained 20 lbs. "There were some days," she recalls, "when all I could do was get out of bed and get on the couch and stare until the sun came up." Miserable and panicked, Krabacher fled to her former home in Southern...

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