Fog Lingers in the Rogue Valley; Doctor Seeing More Depression

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Fri, December 27 2013 at 4:03 PM, Updated: Fri, December 27 2013 at 4:21 PM

Feeling down? The weather may be playing a big role.

Friday brought yet another gloomy day in the Rogue Valley.

"Very depressing. I would much rather have rain than fog. It makes me not want to leave the house," said Medford resident, Brenda Gustafson.

She's not the only one feeling the gray day blues. It's also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), when depression hits in the winter months.

"This morning we saw 4-5 people in here for depression. That's unusual you know and it's been that way all week," began Dr. Alan Bates who practices at Creekside Family Medicine in Medford.

According to Dr. Bates, lack of exposure to the sun's rays makes a difference on the chemicals in your brain.

"We need some sunshine around here," he continued.

While those of us living in the valley have been socked-in, not everyone has had to deal with the lingering fog.

"We're actually up on Roxy Ann and it's been sunny every day," said Ed Baich.

Just like that, the decision was made. So began a quest up Roxy Ann in search of fog-free skies. While it wasn't completely sunny with blue skies, it was clear.

Many people headed up to Roxy Ann to get away from the fog, including John Ugland who lives in Medford.

"This is a good escape for me," said Ugland who planned to ride his bike to the top of Roxy Ann.

"The last time I was up here, there were people all the way down the street [...] It was a beautiful sunny day 50 degrees and it was  29 degrees and foggy in Medford," he said.

The roughly 15-minute drive to Roxy Ann from downtown Medford, a quick escape from the fog.

In addition to getting out of the area for some sunshine, you can also buy a light therapy lamp that mimics sun's rays. A search online yielded many options. Prices we found ranged from $30 to $200.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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