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The winter weather always makes me feel depressed.

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The winter weather always makes me feel depressed. Why is this?

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Our bodies are often a lot more sensitive to changes in the seasons than we realise. Research has shown that our bodies respond to light so that when the days become shorter our metabolism may slow down, we may be prone to sleep more and we become less active.

For most people, getting outside in the middle of the day, taking some exercise and making the most of sunlight on bright days is enough to dispel the winter gloom, but for a small number of people these symptoms can become severe and prolonged, leading to Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression. However, if this kind of depression continues for several weeks, it is unlikely to be solely caused by winter weather and there may well be an underlying condition, so you should seek professional advice from your GP.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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