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The Science of SADness

Before we talk about what seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t, let’s talk about what it is.

Seasonal affective disorder is a varietal of depression confined to the fall and winter months. 

It affects primarily women, and primarily those with other psychiatric conditions, like manic depression or bipolar disorder. (This doesn’t mean that men aren’t affected, or that you have to have another condition to experience SAD systems. Just that you’re more likely to if the previously mentioned criteria are met.)

As of 2019, it affects 10 million Americans, with a separate 10% of the population experiencing milder symptoms of a junior SAD disorder.

How to Use Free Market Capitalism the Right Way

We hear it all the time – America runs on free market capitalism. 

But what does that mean? Is it the same as garden variety capitalism? While we make an attempt to educate ourselves about the world we live in (because the truth is, most of us don’t understand the basic principles of our economy), it’s critical we make this distinction.

The short answer is “no.”

What’s the Dill with Home-Made Pickles?

In ancient Mesopotamia (like… 4,000 years-kind-of-ancient), denizens of the land between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea figured out how to pickle cucumbers.  Now,

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