If the mid-winter days are making you feel less happy than usual, you’re not alone. You may be suffering from something known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of seasonal depression that occurs around the same time every year. These winter blues typically begin in the fall, get worse during the wintertime, and end in spring.
Approximately half a million people in the United States suffer from winter SAD, while 10 to 20% may suffer from a milder form of winter blues.1 Just like depression, seasonal affective disorder is more likely if your family has a history of mood disorders.