What Is Winter Depression?


Winter Depression is a similar term to describe SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Some people have full blown depression that lasts for a long time, usually year around, and some people have seasonal depression, that only comes on in the winter.

Statistics About Depression

From GoodenCenter.org – Middle aged women actually have the highest rates of depression with the disorder being most prevalent among women age 40 to 59 years old. The lowest rates of depression are seen among teenage boys age 12 to 17 and men over the age of 60.

And from the National Institute of Mental Health: Seasonal affective disorder (Winter Depression) is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Winter depression, typically accompanied by social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain, predictably returns every year in seasonal affective disorder.

Is Winter Depression Actually A Mental Illness?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or Winter Depression is a legitimately recognized type of mental depression that has become common.

How Do You Deal With Sadness?

Normal sadness usually comes from not feeling good about yourself, not achieving your goals, feeling like you have no purpose, having family members or loved ones die or maybe other people are putting you down, humiliating you, taunting you.

We all get sad sometimes. Read more here about dealing with sadness.