SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder

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P-Fit
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dr thinks I suffer from this in addition to my anxiety/depression. I can say that I get REALLY down,  anxious and cranky in the fall/winter months. I've tried to curb some of this by scaling down the holidays and all of that.
 
Does anyone else suffer from SAD?
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   Posted 10/16/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   

P-Fit,

Hello my friend.  How are you? :-)

Like many people, you may develop cabin fever during the winter months. Or you may find yourself eating more or sleeping more when the temperature drops and darkness falls earlier. While those are common and normal reactions to the changing seasons, people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) experience a much more serious reaction when summer shifts to fall and on to winter.

With seasonal affective disorder, fall's short days and long nights may trigger feelings of depression, lethargy, fatigue and other problems. Don't brush this off as simply a case of the "winter blues" that you have to tough out on your own.

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression, and it can severely impair your daily life. That said, treatment — which may include light box therapy — can help you successfully manage seasonal affective disorder. You don't have to dread the dawning of each fall or winter.

Because increased sunlight improves symptoms, light therapy is often a main treatment for many people with seasonal affective disorder. Before you purchase a light therapy box or consider light therapy, consult your doctor or mental health provider to make sure it's right for you.

Medications and Psychotherapy may also be considered. Reference: Mayo Clinic

 


 

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   Posted 10/16/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Great info Kitt! P-Fit. I have heard that SAD (aptly named) is quite common in those northern areas where the sun only comes out for a short time a day. Has your doctor mentioned any treatment that might help you out? Maybe you could go in with Kitt's advice. I find the best thing for the winer blues is to hire out a DVD set somewhere tropical, turn up the heaters and drink some coconut juice. It may not help long term but it makes me smile.

Best of luck with this,

Meg


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P-Fit
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   Posted 10/17/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   

I am going to talk to my Dr about the light therapy. It can get pretty bad with me. My husband actually mentioned it to me after he read something about it. He noticed that I tend to get really depressed and wont workout or cook, especially in Nov/Dec. Last yr he even hid our Christmas gifts in the kitchen drawers because he said he knew I wouldn't be going in there :-) ....I didn't!

I'm in the process of weening off my clonazepam...VERY slowly. My middle child broke his wrist last week and he's eben having trouble adjusting to Jr High. His grades have dropped considerably, so I have taken him to a counselor in addition to his ADHD medication. I'm trying to learn that I cant control everything and just try to calm down in the face of trials.

 


Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 

Post Edited (P-Fit) : 10/17/2008 8:59:42 AM (GMT-6)


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   

P-Fit,

I'm so glad you are considering light therapy. I did some reading on the net and it sounds like an effective treatment. No need for meds or side effects either which is a bonus. I'm sorry to hear about your woes with your middle child. Is he seeing a school counsellor about his grades? Sometimes kids just go through phases (let's hope that's all this is). Please let us know how you go. I Hope you are having a peaceful weekend.

Meg


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P-Fit
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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Meg! I did have a good weekend. My husband and I went to see Steven Wright the comic....he was really funny! I'm hoping my son will adjust to Jr High very soon. He seems to have a more positive outlook on school after 2 meetings with teh counslor and a slight bump up in his ADHD meds.
 
I've been having some side effects of the weening process. Mainly stomach issues and some tingling with the "zaps". I'm hoping that will go away in the next week or so. I won't be cutting my does again for 6 weeks.
Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 

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