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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Monday, February 13, 2012

SAD (or Seasonal Affective Disorder) is defined as "A form of depression occurring at certain seasons of the year, especially when the individual has less exposure to sunlight."

I get SAD every January and February. I'm in one SAD period right now. I have no desire for activity, whether it's simply going someplace or doing something. I'd rather stay home lying down on my couch. Even my computer and the Internet hold no curiosity for me.

I eat junk food like it's the last food on earth, just shoving it into my mouth: cookies, candy, etc. and am gaining the corresponding weight. I even have a sun lamp which I put on as soon as I'm in the den - to no avail. I need the real sun.

The Mayo Clinic says that, in order to deal with SAD, I should write down:
All my symptoms (see above)
All my meds (done)
Any major stressors or life changes
Other mental or physical health problems
See your doctor (seeing therapist on a regular basis)

My self esteem is very low normally and SAD puts me into a downward spiral. I get more depressed as I eat bad carbs (You should know better by now!) and gain more weight (You know how to eat properly!)

The only life change I experience is longer and colder days. With fibromyalgia, I have to make sure that I don't get chilled, so I wrap myself in afghans when I get cold. If I run errands, I need to get my car warmed as soon as possible.

Solution? Move to a place where winter isn't so long or accept SAD and deal with its consequences when the sun comes out again. See you all in April!! emoticon
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    I love your new background!!!!

    Maybe Greenie will take us all in for the winter!!!

    Love you lady, Vicki
    3178 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2012 2:12:47 AM
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    I am sending positive and healing thoughts your way. I am sad to think that you will miss out on love and laughter and friends until April.....

    You sent me an Exercise Ball goodie...do you have one that you can bounce around on while listening to some energizing music with your sunlight on?

    how about watching those movies like Blue Hawaii and Beach Blanket Bingo???? LOL

    Take good care, my dear friend. Hugs across the miles.

    3180 days ago
    Have you ever had a Thyroid Panel (Blood Test) done??? Have you thought of the tanning bed for you SAD/Fibro/thyroid, but use sunscreen... emoticon
    3181 days ago
    Kaye, I took your advice and changed my background to the desert - colorful and warm.

    Margie, I take 2,000 iu of vitamin D3 each day for my fibromyalgia. Apparently it doesn't help my SAD.

    Thanks all for your comments and support! emoticon
    3181 days ago
    Aberlaine- You may want to ask a doctor about vitamin “D3” supplements (see my blog for more details). And trace sugars as replacements to empty calorie cane and corn sugars can reduce that sugar spike to deep lows. More fiber can also help with blood sugar leveling to remove those mean drops. The vitamin “D3” can improve overall health so you become more willing to move. And the trace sugars can actually help healing and cell resistance to bacteria, fungal infections, and viral invasions. These are over-the-counter products with cell loving goodness. The fruits and vegetables in 5to9 per day have happiness value, too. They possess these trace sugars. You may want to find hobbies to encourage laughing and confidence increasing skills.

    These tips have been helping me and in 2011 I took in no more than ¼ cup of cane and corn sugar combined total!

    3183 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I suffer with SAD, too, but this year hasn't been too bad for me. Other winters have been much worse. I do force myself to get out at least 3-4 times a week; it does make a difference.

    My son is in Atlanta. I can't wait for hubby to retire (5 years) so we can go south!
    3183 days ago
    I am with you o moving to a warmer climate. I suffer from both and can't wait until my son is finished school(still have 5 years) I plan on leaving the cold behind forever.

    One thing I've found that helps somewhat is Day Light light bulbs.I can't afford the lamp but the bulbs are pretty good. emoticon
    3183 days ago
    3183 days ago
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    Well I guess Mayo Clinic has good advice, but I'm going to throw one in there too. I do love your background wallpaper, it's pretty, but why not change it to something warm and bright and cheerful so that every day when you log on....it will put a warm smile on your face. Don't wait till April to come out of your cave....find the positives in today. Hey, I'm from Montana and we know what SAD is here too. But above all those dark clouds the sun is shining. Live April in February!!!!
    Have a healthy day and set a mini-goal to just make healthy choices all day long.
    3183 days ago
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