Struggles of people with Seasonal Affective Disorder with onset of winter

From depression to disturbed sleep patterns to mood swings, here are a few struggles of people with SAD.

Published on Sep 21, 2023 01:56 PM IST 6 Photos

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as Winter Depression, is a type of depression where the symptoms come and go in a seasonal pattern. With the onset of winter, the symptoms are seen to accelerate. Some of the common symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are social withdrawal, fatigue, helplessness and depression. "Navigating the duality of embracing the season's beauty while also grappling with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be tricky and confusing. But there are biological and societal reasons why the changing of seasons can be difficult for even the biggest sweater weather fan," wrote Therapist Andrea Evgeniou. Here are some of the struggles that people with SAD face during the onset of the winter season.(Unsplash)

Less exposure to sunlight often disrupts the functioning of the body's internal clock, leading to changes in mood. (Unsplash)

With the onset of winter, the preparation for the festive season begins. However, financial strain, isolation and comparison can cause mood swings and sadness. (Unsplash)


The production of Melatonin – sleep regulating hormone – is disrupted due to less exposure to daylight. This can cause fatigue and disturbed sleep cycles. (Unsplash)

Post traumatic events can also cause people to be depressed during the festive season and the holidays. (Unsplash)