anxiety and weather

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   Posted 11/2/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
so i thought i'd share this, today weather is changing, no sun no more hot weather just cloudy windy and cold. i am afraid (sort of) of this weather change a little anxious i'd say..but i used to love this weather change! what has happened? when i was depressed i used to cry but i don't feel like crying just a little anxious

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   Posted 11/2/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, depending on my anxiety levels, weather can affect me too. I used to love a good thunderstorm (spent many childhood summers in Texas) and was never fact I found them exhilarating. Now when the weather turns nasty, I feel unsettled. Not suprising though. People with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) become depressed when not exposed to enough sunlight. So it would make sense that weather could also affect A/Pers as well.
Try to make the best of it, and take advantage of fall/winter weather blessings. enjoy some cocoa or cider, treat yourself to a new pair of cozy slippers, bundle up and listen to a favorite c.d. ect...
Hope you feel better soon (before spring that is!)
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

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   Posted 11/2/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
If it is SAD then it can help to make sure you get outside during the day, every day, especially as the days grow shorter. They also sell lamps specially designed to produce light that is more equivalent to sunlight than a regular light bulb. I don't know what they cost.

As I read your post I pictured a blue sky collapsing to gray clouds moving in from both the east and the west until the entire sky is cloud covered. It's like the openness and freedom of the sky is being closed in on and surrounded by darkness. I can't speak for you, but some people's anxiety feels like the world is closing in on them.

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   Posted 11/3/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would think a regular grow light would do the same thing as any special lamp. People need some UV and blue/white light. They produce lots of heat, but if you can't afford some medical lamp the grow light may be an alternative worth trying. I wouldn't go to a Hydroponics place or a head shop. Just the cheap ones at your local Home Despot/Lowe's/big box hardware store ought to do. My mom found one there that didn't get too hot and she can even put it in a regular lamp socket.

I don't have SAD, but weather changes affect me because I have sinus issues. When my head starts to get blocked up, I start to lose balance and I get awful headaches. These tend to make me nervous after a while. Yesterday it started raining here and it hasn't stopped yet, but more than that the temperature dropped 20 or 30 degrees. Been having hell with my sinuses and my anxiety level is higher, too.

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   Posted 11/4/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
yes definitely it's the weather change this morning it's been so difficult for me feeling depressed and anxious because I am afraid that this feelings will never leave me... I was feeling better as is my fourth week on effexor...but today it's like going back to the first week when everything seem so gray...
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