The Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder

In northern latitudes such as Portland, seasonal changes in mood can impact about 20% of people during the gray winter months. In its less severe form, we call this the Winter Blues. When it becomes real problem for people, they may have what’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short.

SAD shares a lot of the same characteristics with non-seasonal depression. Some of the defining characteristics of SAD—aside from the seasonal course—are tendencies towards increased sleep and cravings for sweets and carbohydrates.

At Portland Psychotherapy, we’ve written and presented quite extensively on SAD and the Winter Blues:

Feel free to check out these resources. Still have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.