One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a fit of the winter doldrums’
depression, melancholy, gloom, gloominess, glumness, downheartedness, dejection, despondency, dispiritedness, heavy-heartedness, heartache, unhappiness, sadness, misery, woe, dismalness, despair, pessimism, hopelessness
inertia, apathy, listlessness, malaise, boredom, tedium, ennui
North American informal blahs
‘the property market is in the doldrums’
inactive, quiet, slow, slack, sluggish, subdued, stagnant, static, inert, flat, dull
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