Swampscott library lighting the way in battle against seasonal affective disorder

Swampscott library lighting the way in battle against seasonal affective disorder

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. — Winter isn't here just yet, but many people already have the winter blues. One local library has found a way to make it feel more like summer.

As the sun sets earlier each day, winter's long dark days can take their toll.

"I'd go for Florida," said Maxine Friedman.

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But if you can't go south, Swampscott may be your best bet. The library has something that'll light up your day, literally: A light therapy lamp that you can try at the library or you can take the lamp home for week to try out.

"I just think it was awesome," said Erin Smith of Swampscott. "You can sit in front of it or they lend one, which is a pretty big offering I think."

The light helps with seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. According to the Mayo Clinic symptoms include:

  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Trouble eating or sleeping
  • A gloomy outlook

The light so far is very popular.

"We've had a lot of interest so far," said Julie Travers, a librarian. "People coming in and they’re just interested."

People like Erin, who's been soaking it in, feel it works. She may even give it a try at home, but she'll have to wait; there's currently a waitlist for the lamp.