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Good Question: What is Cabin Fever?

For many people in Central Kentucky cabin fever has set in this winter.

Good Question: What is cabin fever?

Snow makes for snow days.

Its been three in a row for Heather Sontag and her children, cabin fever has certainly set in.

"The kids get cooped up and they just can't get the extra energy out they just get rambunctious." said Heather Sontag of Versailles.

To remedy that, Sontag decided to venture out.

She wasn't the only mother thinking the same thing Thursday at Monkey Joe's in Lexington.

Many parents showed up there to let their kids burn off all that extra energy.

"Its been good to get out of the house." said Sontag.

So, are Heather Sontag and her children really experiencing cabin fever?

"Its very common." said Nathan DeWall an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky.

Dewall says the feeling of being caged up is quite normal.

He says most of us are just programmed to interact with others and being disconnected for some is not okay.

"People have different personality traits that sort of lead them to crave other people, crave connection with other people and be in close proximity." said DeWall.

So when it looks like a winter wonderland outside, how can we beat cabin fever?

DeWall says surround yourself with people anyway you can, phone, maybe even good old Facebook.

For the Sontag's, beating cabin fever was simply a day of play.

Cabin fever is different than seasonal depression, but it can still cause feelings of being anxious, lonely even depressed.


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