When Gray Days Lead to “the Blues”
January 22, 2018
Fall slump. The winter blahs. Is it almost spring?
Weather can have an impact on our daily mood and feelings. For some people, too many gray days can cause a case of “the blues.”
Factors other than weather also can bring on seasonal depression. For example, in the holiday and post-holiday months, financial debt, too many commitments, weight gain, and/or broken resolutions can lead to “winter depression.” A severe form of winter depression is commonly called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
If this sounds like you, you aren’t alone: around 11 million Americans suffer from SAD. Additionally, up to four times as many women suffer from winter depression or SAD as men; and those living in Canada and the northern United States are up to eight times more likely to suffer from SAD than people living in the southern U.S. where the sun shines more in the winter months.