Answers to Common Depression and Anxiety Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about depression and anxiety.

What does it mean to have the winter blues?

With shorter days and less sunlight, winter can lead to serious mood changes for some of us. 

Having the winter blues means feeling sad and generally more down in the dumps, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Winter blues isn’t something that is medically diagnosed, but more of an understood feeling we can sometimes have during winter months that is usually short-lived.

Many times, it can be caused by a combination of not only less sunlight but also stressful holidays or the absence of loved ones who have passed away, according to the NIH.

For more information about winter blues, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Heather Markwell, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine