Improper circadian rhythm

Circadian rhythm is the internal body clock and it can change with less light. It maintains hormones, sleep, and mood, meaning a shift in the usual routine can cause confusion, making it hard to adjust.

Vitamin D deficiency

During winter or fall, less sunlight mainly reduces vitamin D synthesis, which is linked to serotonin levels. A decrease in vitamin D reduces serotonin, thus affecting mood.

Negative vibes

While researchers are not clear on this yet, most SAD people show signs of stress, negativity, and anxiety during winter.


Its main trigger is weather change with symptoms beginning in fall and going n during winter.

Potential ways to alleviate the condition/symptoms.

Symptoms may require psychotherapy and meditations. For example;


A doctor may prescribe antidepressants, which take between four and six weeks before showing positive changes. The most used type is selective serotonin uptake inhibitors. Effectiveness varies from one individual to the next.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

This is a type of psychotherapy or talk therapy, helping the therapist to handle the emotional and mental concerns of the patient.

Psychodynamic therapy

Here, the therapist links behavior and mental wellness of the patient to childhood memories. They may also link them to unconscious feelings or problematic repetitive thoughts to help work through the desired shift.

Julia Davis

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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