Just about everyone has heard the phrase winter blues. However, many people don’t know where this term originated from. Winter blues refers to the fact that some individuals are negatively affected by the shift to winter. Known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this condition affects between one and ten percent of the population depending on the specific location.
Common symptoms include feeling depressed, having little energy or sleeping too much. What sets this condition apart from other forms of depression is the symptoms will naturally go away on their own during the brighter and warmer months of the year.