Are the “winter blues” getting to you? The Daily News visited Palmdale’s Antelope Valley Mall earlier this week to ask local residents at random how winter is affecting them. Here’s what they had to say: [email protected] (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Feeling down lately? Scientists say you’re not alone. Reduced daylight hours and persistently cold and gloomy weather these days have many of us experiencing the “winter blues.” And it’s no laughing matter, according to mental health experts, who’ve classified the condition as Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD – an illness that affects millions each year. According to the National Mental Health Association’s Web site, SAD sufferers are considered those who experience symptoms commonly associated with clinical depression, such as emotional withdrawal, lethargy, weight gain and mood swings. A warming trend throughout the Southland that began Saturday and is expected to run through this week could be the best prescription for SAD. According to the NMHA, outdoor walks during daylight hours can do wonders for those experiencing mild SAD symptoms. For those with more severe cases, antidepressant medication is often prescribed. SAD symptoms typically set in during the early fall and don’t dissipate until the spring. SAD symptoms can be especially pronounced these days, when broken New Year’s resolutions and post-holiday credit card statements arrive. That’s according to a recent MSNBC report citing a British mental health expert who heralded Jan. 24 to be the dreary season’s psychological bottom.