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It’s getting to be that time of year again. Dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year” by Andy Williams back in 1963, the time leading up to Christmas is one characterized by jolly folks out and about spreading holiday cheer. Advertisements for the newest iPhone or MacBook are plastered on billboards and TV screens, making headlines in the news as the best gift this year. But what you don’t see on the commercials is the reality that many people struggle with their mental health during this time of year. An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. It is four times more common in women than in men, according to Psychology Today. Yes, we can laugh about the irony of the disorder being called SAD, but we should also take a moment to recognize what it is and how to combat and…