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Warm weather affects people's mood in KOTA Territory

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It's was a warmer day in KOTA Territory on Tuesday, at least compared to the temperatures last week. So are you happier? The weather has a tendency to impact our mood.

The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising, and people are out.  

"It's about time. I'm glad it's warming up because it's been too cold," said Manuel Davila, of Rapid City.

Davila said this is one of the worst winters he has experienced.  

"I've seen it colder once before but this is right up there," he said.  

Some don't mind the weather.  

"It has been cold but we like the cold, we like the snow. So I think there could be more snow for sure," said Ryan Pawlowski, of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

When it's cold or the seasons change, some people's mood changes.  

"People get cranky when it's too cold. They are a lot nicer when it's warm outside," said Davila.

It actually can be a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  

"More depression, more anxiety come up during these cold dark days. It makes it harder for people to get out. For some people it really affects their mood," said Kelly Marker, a Behavior Management Systems counselor.

There are options for people suffering from SAD.  

"Sometimes medication is helpful, but really what they can do is increase their Vitamin D, that's our sunshine vitamin, they can try to exercise more, try to get outside more."  

Marker added it's important to realize the condition is temporary.  

"So get outside and know that this isn't going to last forever," she said.

And for now the weather's looking up.  

"It's been nice especially for us because we came up to visit the grandparents. We wanted to get out a little bit and get our daughter ice skating. It's nice that it warmed up for sure. It's a good change from what it's been lately," said Pawlowski.

Marker said Seasonal Affective Disorder is most common in the winter, but it can happen to people even during the summer months.

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