Seasonal affective disorder: how to cope with the ‘winter blues’

While for some winter means fun on the ski hill and snowball fights with friends, others can become depressed during the colder months of the year, a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), research in Ontario suggests that 2 to 3 per cent of Canadians will experience SAD in their lifetime, and an additional 15 per cent will experience a milder form of seasonal depression. Symptoms for people who are suffering from SAD, often called the ‘winter blues,’ appear much like those of regular depression. However there is one key difference, according to Laura Armstrong, assistant professor of psychology at Saint Paul University. “Major depressive disorder itself is less predictable as to […]

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