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10/5/11 8:50 P

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I never thought about getting my Vitamin D levels checked. Thanks for the thought. That does make sense though that low Vitamin D levels could be a factor since that is what we get from sunlight. I will need to check into that. Thanks!

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10/5/11 8:16 P

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I'm south of Milwaukee in Racine. The summers ARE fantastic here, but the fall and winter you never know what you'll get - a few years ago it was in the 50s through most of the winter; other times the wind chill brings it down to -22!! I'm loving the upper 70s that we're getting right now.

You should be hitting the Dells at a good time - the fall color should be spectacular, and the weather is still warm enough to enjoy being outdoors!

Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked? Some people have had success with super doses they get from their docs after finding out their levels are in the basement. It seems to contribute to SAD.

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10/5/11 7:12 P

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emoticon for the friendly emoticon 's. I am loving La Crosse, only been living here for almost a year and is more beautiful here than my old town. Only issue is because of the beautiful flowers and trees my allergies are worse here, but been taking supplements from my chiropractor that have decreased my symptoms.

Dawn - Where in Wisconsin do you live? The weather sure has been bad here. I loved the warm summer this year though but not liking this cooler weather. September was a cooler month which is unusual as it is usually a warmer month. At least we got our Indian summer this week. We are heading to WI Dells on Saturday for the day and coming back Sunday afternoon. It sounds like wonderful weather this weekend for it.

I am looking at learning more natural ways to help with the depression I get this time of year. I do not want to ever have to go back on medications now that I have been off of them for almost a year now. I love feeling more myself and not having side effects from the medications also I am also not spending less money now that I do not have those meds to pay for every month, which helps financially since we struggle as it is. Exercising consistently is helping. Also, just looking for support from others who are in similar situations to help me through too. Thanks!

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10/4/11 9:58 P

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Hello HAPPY, and emoticon

I have a light box too. I used it for 2 seasons and found it very helpful. The only drawback for me was I had to get up earlier than usual to use it. Last year I was able to get by without it I think because I really ramped up my exercise This year I may start using it early.

There is a lot of good info about SAD in SP archives.

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10/3/11 6:00 P

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Welcome to the team, Sara!! I've heard of others with SAD being diagnosed bipolar, too; I'm not sure if they go hand in hand or not.

I'm in Wisconsin, too!! And this year our weather's been bad.

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10/3/11 2:59 P

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I have actually been to LaCrosse! I have a sister that lives there. Nice little college town.

Let me know how I can be helpful. There is a lot of good stuff here and it is really going to be useful.

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10/3/11 12:15 P

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Hello All! I am new to this team but not sparkpeople or SAD. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar however I am unsure if that is the correct diagnosis. Once I moved here to La Crosse I was unable to afford my medications until I received insurance through my new job so I took myself off of my medications and mood-wise have been fine until now since the change of the seasons so I feel I may have SAD instead. My chiropractor suggested buying a lamp for light therapy that is often used for people with SAD. I do notice however I am doing better now that I work mostly day shifts instead of pm shifts at my new job. I am working on pushing myself to exercise consistently which is helping though it is challenging this time of year. I am working at staying strong and not letting depression take over. This continues to be a fight since it has gotten colder out and darker out longer.

Well if anyone would like to know more please feel free to contact me. I enjoy getting to know new people.

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