We are getting another brief respite from the cold, but will return to the deep freeze by early next week. Yes, we live in Minnesota but the weather still takes a toll on people. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the clinical term for the winter blues and with shorter days and less light, the symptoms can be easy to see and feel.
"The symptoms are similar to general depression but occur on more of a seasonal basis," Dr. Sara Larson Luke, a Psychologist at Allina Medical Clinic said. "We see more depressed mood, more hopelessness, a loss of interest in things you enjoy doing."
Although at some point during the winter months, most will suffer some with the winter blues, but the key is understanding at what point to get some help.
"The things we talk about are if symptoms begin to affect your work life or performance or family relationships. If it is starting to affect your social relationships or school or if you start to feel suicidal, then reach out to your doctor for help," Dr. Larson Luke said.
There are ways to help boost your mood and help pull you out of the blues such as activities that will give you exposure to more natural light, being outside in the natural light and early exercise will all help.