ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Could You Be Suffering from Winter Depression?

Updated on December 18, 2013

We’re human; we all feel like crap sometimes. There are days when we feel a bit more under the weather than we usually do. And when that happens, how can we tell the difference between simply having a crappy day and it possibly being something way more than that, such as winter depression for instance?

Some people feel depressed particularly when winter comes round. And it happens more frequently than you might think. Winter depression, commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is caused by a decrease in the amount of daylight received during that particular season, which can in turn affect the body’s natural tempo.

Winter Depression: the tell-tale signs...

...can vary per individual; however, there are a couple of signs/symptoms that might point towards the condition such as: feeling lethargic/stressed out/irritated, a dip in self-esteem, excessive crying, sleeping a lot, gaining weight, appetite increase, and a lower sexual libido.

If you find that you tend to get the same symptoms around a similar time of the cold season every year, then it’s a sign that you might be suffering from winter depression. If you can feel those signs coming as autumn creeps in and they worsen as the season progresses into the winter, then don’t brush it off; your body’s trying to tell you something.

The Causes…

There isn’t one overriding cause of winter depression. Rather, there are a group of causes that are known to play a part in it:

- Decrease in daily sunlight received: can have an influence on the brain hormones. It’s believed by some that certain hormones rule what affects our levels of sleep, mood and appetite. Therefore, if the amount of sunlight we get goes down, symptoms associated with those levels arise.

- Increased melatonin: The more sunlight decreases, the more the body produces the sleep hormone, melatonin, thereby inducing sleepiness.

- Reduced serotonin: with less sunlight comes less serotonin (responsible for sleep, mood, appetite) in the body.

- Out-of-synch internal clock: when the amount of sunlight we get each day changes, it can sometimes play havoc with one’s internal clock (also called “Circadian rhythm”), making the body lose sight of its natural sleeping and waking times.

Don't Go It Alone...

Winter depression is a problem that can affect many people. Therefore, if you feel you recognize the signs in yourself, you’re in good company. The fact that there’s a name for it and it’s widely recognized means that there is support out there for you; do consult your doctor to find out the number of treatments available to you.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)