Winter blues is not a diagnosis but a general term and it means feeling sad and down, melancholic and unhappy and it´s related to the shortening of daylight hours and Autumn or Winter approaching. They are often linked to something specific, such as stressful holidays or reminders of absent loved ones.
On the other hand, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of affective disorder related to changes in seasons. The symptoms usually start in Autumn and continue into the winter months, and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. The symptoms may include:
- Feeling depressed
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Low energy
- Problems with sleeping
- Changes in your appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having thoughts of death
Winter blues are usually temporary and the symptoms disappear, while Seasonal Affective Disorder can last for several months....