Seasonal Affective Disorder and Holiday Blues

Updated: December 1, 2023

In some geographic areas in late Fall and most of Winter it gets dark earlier and temperatures drop. People can experience seasonal depression or winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) with Seasonal Pattern. Coincidentally, the holidays are in late Fall and early winter and, as a result, SAD might affect a person’s holiday experience.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder Affects Women More Than Men – University of Utah Health
Six Questions Answered: Seasonal Affective Disorder – Office of the Assistant Secretary (OASH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Office on Women’s Health (OWH)
Seasonal Affective Disorder: More Than the Winter Blues – American Psychological Association
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): An Overview – Mayo Clinic
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Symptoms & Diagnosis and Treatment – American Psychiatric Association
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Anxiety & Depression Association of America
Seasonal Affective Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health

Mayo Clinic
Who Is at Risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Light Therapy: An Overview – Mayo Clinic

Seasonal Depression: Why Indoor Tanning Isn’t an Effective Treatment – Skin Cancer Foundation
Addressing Seasonal Depression in Black Communities Impacted by Climate Change – Capital B News
How Daylight Savings Time Can Take a Toll on Your Mental Health? – Well Being Trust
What Causes SAD? How Is It Treated? – National Institute of Mental Health
Shining a Light on Winter Depression – Harvard Medicine
How Do You Know If Your Winter Blues Are a Passing Feeling or a More Serious Condition? – PSYCOM
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Prevention, Prevalence, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Mental Health America
Trastorno afectivo estacional – Instituto Nacional de la Salud Mental
What doctors wish patients knew about seasonal affective disorder – American Medical Association (AMA)
Seasonal Affective Disorder Is More Than Just “Winter Blues” – Rochester Regional Health

Holiday Blues

American Psychological Association
Survey Shows Holiday Stress Putting Women’s Health at Risk
Ways to Strengthen Your Psychological Well-Being During a Tough Holiday Season

Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping – Mayo Clinic
Holiday Depression:  How to Beat the Holiday Blues – PSYCOM
Preparing for the Holidays During COVID-19 – Mental Health America
Holiday Stress During COVID-19 – Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 
4 Mindful Tips to De-Stress This Holiday Season – Johns Hopkins Medicine
How Do the Holidays Affect Mental Health Conditions? – Cedars-Sinai