Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Is the Depth of Our Winter Doom and Gloom Being Overblown?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Is the Depth of Our Winter Doom and Gloom Being Overblown?

Article excerpt

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is described as a form of depression with a seasonal pattern, with symptoms such as mood swings and lack of libido creeping up in October and becoming more severe in December and January.

We all struggle to get out of our beds when it's freezing and dark outside and winter is always a bit gloomier, so when people say they have SAD, isn't it just the winter blues? Well, a study of 800 people found dreary weather caused less depression than we might think.

Oregon State University found that while people may not have as much fun during winter, these feelings were not real signs of clinical depression.

Some 92 per cent admitted seasonal changes in mood, but nothing anywhere near as severe as SAD.

ARE WE JUST GETTING OURSELVES ALL WORKED UP ABOUT THE COLD? JUST 3-6 per cent of people in the UK suffer from SAD compared with 12-13 per cent who suffer from 'the winter blues'.

SAD is an extreme condition where the individual is unable to face the day. …

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