Its often I ask patients about how they handle the wintertime, and screen for seasonal affective disorder (read about SAD here). If you think you are someone who struggles with this, you may wish to consider the following, a combination of treatments tend to be more effective then engaging in one;
- light box therapy
- CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
- moderate exercise
- supplement with vitamin D
A small study recently showed light box therapy might be helpful (specifically during midday) with depressed mood in bipolar patients. Here is the study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, you can read the abstract for free.