Winter Blues and SAD: What's the Difference?

Jan 24, 2020

Early sunsets, staying mostly indoors and the constant need to stay warm. These are just some of the common realities that we face during the winter season. Unfortunately, it does not just stop there for some people. Winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (or SAD for short) are disorders that make it that much harder to cope with the season.

But what is the Winter Blues and SAD?

Great question! Let’s get right to it with some quick definitions so that we can learn to spot the differences between them.

Winter Blues

You may have noticed that during the wintertime, especially when it gets dark early or maybe the rain starts pouring down uncontrollably that your mood might be negatively affected. For many people, there is a very strong correlation between winter and bad sudden bad mood. This is known as the Winter Blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD can be thought of as a more severe case of the Winter Blues, but what does that mean? Typically, when you start feeling down or even depressed during the wintertime, you might find that these feelings affect almost every aspect of your life such as relationships, work, etc. If you feel this way, then you might be suffering from SAD.

What Causes SAD?

Remember that SAD is specifically exhibited during the fall and especially winter seasons. This is primarily due to the decrease in vitamin D in our bodies due to being exposed to the sun for less and less directly. Vitamin D releases serotonin in our bodies. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter largely responsible for enhancing our mood, sleep, and digestion.

Here at The Beach Psychotherapy, we are well equipped to work together to improve your state of mind and. Together, we can learn and talk about how you can learn to better and more comfortably understand yourself. Please feel free to contact Spring Berriman at 647-296-9235 to set aside some time to talk so that you too can find the right therapist to deal with your Winter Blues.

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