Beating the Winter Blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Shining the light on winter gloom.

The winter blues are real and known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  where individuals suffer from depression in part due to shorter days and decreased sunlight.   Individuals may also decrease their outdoor activities and therefore exposure to fresh air and exercise during these months compounding the problem.

Some chalk the winter blues up to the let down post-holiday season or even perhaps falling off the wagon from the hopeful New Year’s Resolutions that had been made.

Cabin fever, winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – by any name is very real for some and completely unnoticed by others.

Below are some articles identifying and helping you cope through the winter months.

Conditions Ripe for SAD, Winter Blues

Experts say the first Monday after the holidays can be a depressing time for people coping with the post-holiday letdown. Add to that brutal cold, and the depressive illness called called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be in the offing. “All these factors will have a cumulative effect,” …

Read More at Psych Central

Feeling SAD?

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the disorder that hits many of us at this time of the year. Holiday festivities are behind us, and winter looms with its colder temperatures and shorter days with limited (if any) hours of sunlight. Feeling sad. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, …

Read More at Healthy Women

Beating the Winter Blues: 7 Tips for Staying Motivated and Upbeat

As temperatures drop and days get noticeably shorter, our bodies produce more melatonin and we tend to feel lethargic, grow less active, and feel less upbeat. If you identify with the winter blues and would like to feel just as enthusiastic about life during winter as you do in the summer, here …

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5 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder In Your Office

Approximately six percent of Americans suffer from a health condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with another 14 percent suffering from a milder form of seasonal disorder called “the winter blues.” Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a leading expert in SAD research and author of “Winter …

Read More at Entrepreneur

Winter Blues Or Something More – Some Tips On Coping

If the cold, clowdy and snowy weather is bringing you down, you’re not alone. “All these things affect how we feel,” said Dr. Thomas Keller, a psychiatrist and the director of River Community Wellness Program at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay.  He says your best defense against seasonal …

Read More at www.wwnytv.com

Open Thread: How Do You Beat The Winter Blues?

Like most of you I’ve battled with depression – ranging from mild to severe – since my early teens. If you’re feeling down right now, then hopefully, I might be able to help. Go to bed, pull the covers over your head and allow yourself ten minutes of sobbing, howling and generally feeling sorry …

Read More at Bohomoth

One comment so far.

  1. avatar Linda says:

    I still spend as much time as possible each day outside. Otherwise I feel as if I have been caged.