During winter many people are start to become concerned about how they’ll get through the winter months and stay mentally healthy. Do you wonder about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression, perhaps the points will help you.

Winter gets so long and, well, depressing. Some wonder if they have SAD. It’s common  for people usual in the northern hemisphere to become tired, lethargic, and irritable as winter trudges on. This is what I known as the winter blues which is not the same ‘ as SAD.

The winter pattern of SAD is diagnosed after two consecutive winters of depression symptoms that lessen in the spring, including:

low mood most of the day almost every day

feelings of hopelessness

sleep problems

thoughts of death or suicide