Anybody affected by winter coming on? SAD can have serious effects on someone's life especially if they are unaware of it's existence. Below is a short descript
ion of SAD from the (NIMH)National Institute of Mental Health and the (NIH)National Institute of Health, along with the website address.
Have you ever been affected by long, dark winters or know someone who has? How does it affect you and what are you able to do about
it? Does it affect your pain in any way? Hopefully a discussion about
this disorder will help those who are troubled by it to find some help.
As for me, I haven't had problems with is, in fact I love winter and the long nights but my mother had a hard time with late fall and winter and it didn't seem to lift until early spring. She knew it was a problem but never did take any action to get a diagnosis or to treat it with light. Actually her solution after she and Dad retired was to travel starting after Christmas (some years before the holidays) and return home (Western Washington state, USA) come spring. They traveled mostly in the southern USA where she naturally got more light. So in some way she did treat the problem. What a fun treatment!
The problem was that after Dad was gone winters were very hard. From what I've seen it's something that should be talked about
with your doctor and possibly get some treatment. Life doesn't have to be miserable if you have SAD.
ChutzSome people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.
Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms. They include
Sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
Changes in weight
Thoughts of death or suicide
SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy. But nearly half of people with SAD do not respond to light therapy alone. Antidepressant medicines and talk therapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or combined with light therapy.www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html
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