“My mood dives at the beginning of winter every year.”
Winter Blues Overview
Feeling down? Every year in the months of January and February, my mood takes a dive. This seasonal patter, also called, Season Affective Disorder (SAD), is very common, especially for those living in northern latitudes.
For the purposes of this livestream, SAD is discussed as a clinical presentation, and “Winter Blues” is a less severe experience. Further, I provide information on the symptoms of SAD, demographics, Aetiology, and tips to help fight SAD and winter blues. I also invite you our viewers to share your experience and what you do to beat back seasonally affected mood.
Symptoms – What it Looks and Feels Like
- Persistent sadness throughout the day.
- You experience significant anhedonia.
- Decreased energy and sluggishness.
- A strong sense of hopelessness and/or helplessness.
- Appetite and/or weight changes.
- Differential Diagnosis – Major Depressive Disorder.
Aetiology – Where SAD and Winter Blues Comes From
- Melatonin and the Pineal Gland.
- The brain secretes more melatonin during the winter months due to leas light hitting the eye.
- The greater the latitude, the greater the measurable melatonin.
- Early researching pointing to inverse relationship with Vitamin D.
Treatment – How We Manage SAD and Winter Blues
- Light therapy box (2000 lux bulbs).
- Document your symptoms and experience.
- Examine your diet.
- Get regular exercise.
- Decrease caffeine intake.