How to prevent winter depression?

The German Society for Medicine and Psychotherapy has announced that Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) include winter depression also known as winter blues. This type of depression is largely caused by the gloomy atmosphere – darkness, clouds, rain, and shorter days- that dominates this season.

The association explained that the diminishing sunlight in winter makes the body change the rhythm of day and night, which leads to disruptions in the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain.

Symptoms of winter depression include:

Bad mood



Exhaustion and agitation

Self-neglect and isolation


Loss of motivation

Lethargy and fatigue

Poor focus

Loss of appetite

Sleep disorders

Furthermore, The German Society added that winter depression can be treated by regular exposure to sunlight through outdoor hikes and regular exercise.

However, severe cases may require consulting a psychiatrist and undergoing psychotherapy or pharmacological treatment (such as antidepressants).

Moreover, phototherapy which uses light that resembles sunlight can help provide the body with the light it needs.

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