1/7/2019 10:51:12 AM
As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays. Some people do get sad during the holidays. After all the fun and festivities have ended. That's sort of where I find myself sometimes in January.
Researchers have been studying the winter blues, as they call it, for several decades and a more severe type of depression called Seasonal Affective disorder or SAD. They've learned lots about the winter blues and SAD, but there is still much that they need to understand.
If you have a loved one who is talking to you about the fact that they're feeling depressed, now that the days have shortened, take that seriously. Don't blow them off. And encourage them to see their physician. If you need to talk to somebody because you're feeling suicidal, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).