As the days get shorter and there is less daylight, you may start to feel sad. While many people experience the “winter blues,” some people may have a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The first step is to determine how much your symptoms interfere with your daily life.
Do you have mild symptoms that have lasted less than 2 weeks?
Feeling down but still able to take care of yourself and others
Having some trouble sleeping
Having less energy than usual but still able to do your job, schoolwork, or housework
These activities can make you feel better
Doing something you enjoy
Going outside in the sunlight
Spending time with family and friends
Eating healthy and avoiding foods with lots of sugar
If these activities do not help or your symptoms are getting worse, talk to a health care provider.
Do you have more severe symptoms that have lasted more than 2 weeks?
Craving foods with lots of sugar like cakes, candies, and cookies
If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or is thinking about hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741).
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
NIMH Identification No. OM 21-4320
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Seasonal Affective Disorder
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