How Does the Winter Affect Depression?

How Does the Winter Affect Depression?

In most areas of the northern hemisphere, wintertime can be tough on moods and mental health overall.

The shorter days and colder temperatures can create a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Though SAD can occur during the summer, it’s more common in the winter than during the summer. Wintertime can worsen depression, and the season sees an increase of depressive symptoms for those who are not clinically depressed.

At Banyan Treatment Centers, we provide treatments for wintertime depression, addiction, SAD, and more. Our residential mental health programs are designed for patient success, providing individuals the support they need to cope with addiction and additional mental health disorders.

Understanding SAD

The wintertime itself does not cause depression, but those with diagnosable SAD will feel mental health effects during the winter months of the year. SAD differs from depression because symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder typically dissipate in warmer months. SAD also has specific symptoms like:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Weight gain
  • Hypersomnia
  • Low energy

There’s a correlation between less sunlight and depression associated with seasonal mental health disorders. Because of this, many individuals may benefit from light therapy to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

When wintertime depression goes hand in hand with drug or alcohol use, this can result in a co-occurring disorder that requires professional assistance for effective treatment.

Call our facility today at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our residential mental health programs and treatment options.


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