Some helpful info from our friends at Canadian Psychotherapy Alliance 🍁
“Winter blues” is a common term used to describe a mild form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that typically occurs during the winter months. Symptoms of winter blues can include feeling down, lacking energy, sleeping more than usual, and experiencing changes in appetite and weight.
Depression, on the other hand, is a more severe and persistent condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed. It can interfere with daily functioning, relationships, work, and overall quality of life.
While both winter blues and depression share some symptoms, the severity and duration of the symptoms are different. Winter blues usually resolve on their own as the seasons change, but depression may require treatment and support from a mental health professional.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression or winter blues that are impacting your daily life, it’s important to seek professional help. You don’t have to “just live with it” or suffer in silence.
Don’t hesitate to seek help, as early intervention can improve outcomes and get you feeling better sooner…and enjoying your life again.
Our therapy services are covered by most extended benefit plans. (We also have interns starting soon at greatly discounted rates.)