Question: I have a couple of friends who always seem to be down around this time of year or their mood changes considerably. Could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder? And what can be done to “cheer” them up, if anything?
Answer: Some people feel less energetic, lose interest in their leisure time activities and have difficulty adjusting to the reducing daylight and decreasing temperatures in the fall and winter months. It is colloquially referred to as the “winter blues” if it is transient and not disabling.