How do I tell the difference between the winter blahs and seasonal affective disorder?
Or is it depression? The primary thing to look for is the longevity and severity of the symptoms. The winter blahs will tend to be mood symptoms in the sense that you’re just not feeling on top of your game or having a great day. But it passes somebody calls or some event interrupts your train of thought, and your mood picks up. If it’s a serious mental health disorder, like seasonal affective disorder or another form of depression, the symptoms will extend beyond just your mood: your energy level, concentration, sleeping, eating you’ll find disturbances in all those arenas. It’s more general than just how you’re feeling. The severity of those disturbances will interfere with your daily functioning for at least two weeks.