Science Spotlight: Welcome Winter!
Good news for the winter blues! Recent research indicates that winter and dreary weather are not necessarily linked to an increase in depressive symptoms. Many of us assume that the winter blues are unavoidable, but these findings suggest that weather and time of year have very little impact on the true symptoms of depression such as long-lasting sadness, hopelessness, sleep troubles, or problems with appetite. It is true that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) exists and seasonal changes may impact some people differently. However, the study points out that the majority of the population seems to regularly overestimate winter’s negative influence on mood and behavior. So embrace the cold and snow, and welcome winter with a smile!