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The Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Beyond the Winter Blues


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Just be careful with the light boxes--3% of people have bad reactions to them, and I am one of them! Start slowly and work up. Follow directions carefully and get help if you start to feel strange!
Thanks! Report
I have the opposite version of SAD....which does not get acknowledged. Report
I have SAD as well, My symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping my energy and making me feel moody. I started reading a lot on SAD and got to know that many people are in the same boat. Find some more interesting content on wellbeingart "Eradicate negative energy from your close surroundings" Report
I am in Ontario Canada and experience SAD every Fall/Winter Report
I'm in Manitoba Canada. From beginning of December to mid January, we get less than 8 hours of sunlight. And then, it increases by about 2 min a day. I am 59 and have suffered with SAD for most of my life. I honestly thought I was going crazy and that just drove up the anxiety.

I now have a light. It makes an incredible difference. I make time for it by using it when I'm online or reading. I'm sure I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for that light. Report
I live in Michigan and my DH suffers from SAD every winter. Drives to work in the dark, drives back home in the dark. Works inside so sees very little natural light. He eats his lunch outside just so he can get some sunlight every day and exercise too. We have tried the lights and they do work but you have to spend more time under them than he is willing to give up. Report
I used to go to the tanning bed when I would feel depressed in the winter months as I felt like I had a huge boost of sunshine. But, now they say that tanning beds are so bad for you..... Report
There are (florescent) lamps made, which (I've been told) work for this issue, and I've heard that (even though I don't use these) tanning beds are another solution as well. Sad...literally. Report
MSDESERTRODENT I am the exact same. The crazy thing is that I live in the great white north of Michigan and winters are cold and snowy here and summers (according to others) are not that hot. I'm already dreading July in January. To be honest the minute it starts getting warm enough to contently rain instead of snow I start feeling kind of crappy. I like October - March. April can be OK. Anything past it usually makes me start thinking about October. Report
I live in Ohio, and tonight the time's early November and the days are getting noticeably shorter. I've heard that Vitamin D can help with SAD, so I increase that in my daily vitamin routine. Let me know if that's wrong. Report
I live in the Pacific NW but don't suffer from S.A.D. for which I am thankful. I have friends who do though. This article helps me to understand their condition better. Thank you for posting it. Report
I have SAD as well... of course I do! I live in Seattle, where it is no coincidence that we have the highest antidepressant and caffeine use in the nation. Self medicating and prescriptioni medicating! LOL.

I was part of a SAD study years ago, with a doc who is now considered an experet in the field. He explained that the little "reptilian" part of our brain, known as the pineal gland, becomes accomodated to a certain amount of light in our early years. If we grew up in a sunny clime and then move to a darker one, SAD may occur. Natives who live in an overcast environment in their early years do not suffer as much, or to the same degree as non-natives.

What most of you do not realize is that SAD is a form of bipolar disorder. There is a relatively new term called Bipolar II --and it falls within that category. (Bipolar I is the sterotypical one with the wilder swings in mood, etc.)

I live in Phoenix. Our more typical SAD season comes in the summer. Comes from being troglodytes in the heat. Report

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