5 ways to avoid the ‘winter blues’

Laid low in fall and winter by short days and diminished sunlight, people with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can suffer debilitating depression and related physical symptoms such as increased fatigue and a craving for high-carbohydrate foods.
An estimated two to six per cent of Canadians will experience SAD at some point in their lifetime, says the Mood Disorders Association of Canada. Another 15 to 20 per cent experience a milder form of SAD, commonly called the winter blues or winter blahs.
“[Seasonal affective disorder] is a subtype of clinical depression, where people only get depressed in the winter and then feel fine in the summer,” said psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Lam, director of the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC.

Global News, Tue Jan 17 2012