Seasonal Affective Disorder and Holiday Blues

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: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment – American Psychiatric Association
What Causes SAD? How Is It Treated? – National Institute of Mental Health
Shining a Light on Winter Depression – Harvard Medicine
Light Therapy: An Overview – Mayo Clinic
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

Holiday Blues

Women and Holiday Blues – American Psychological Association
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 
Holiday Stress Resource Center: What You Can Do to Avoid or Minimize Holiday Stress Inducers – American Psychological Association
4 Mindful Tips to De-Stress This Holiday Season – Johns Hopkins Medicine
How Do the Holidays Affect Mental Health Conditions? – Cedars-Sinai