'Nature Deficit Disorder' Might Be Made Up, But The Health Benefits Of Being Outside Are Real

December 11, 2014 9:51 PM

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Now that winter is upon us, an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the American population will contend with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depression-related condition that researchers believe may stem from a lack of time outside and sun exposure during the season's short days. But SAD isn't the only ailment related to our lack of connection with the outdoors.

The Atlantic's James Hamblin, M.D., explores how our natural surroundings can serve as a form of emotional healing. Hamblin spoke to Pheonix Smith and Ariana Candell, two ecotherapists, on the rewards of going outside and "Nature Deficit Disorder." While the term, coined by journalist Richard Louv, ...

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