Winter Blues Turning Yellow

Ireland
March 7, 2012 11:45am CST
I suffer from what I believe to be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's not a nice thing to experience it and I believe it's quite common although not officially recognised as far as I know. It leaves me tired, unmotivated, irritable, comfort eating, with concentration issues, sad spells. This morning, the sun was shining as I was waking up, the days are getting longer and right away I got out of bed with more ease than I have done for months now. I've had more energy all day, been in a great mood and got a fantastic workload done at work. A sign of things to come I hope, though it is giving for more dirty weather for the weekend... How about you, do you suffer from or believe you suffer from SAD? Have you found things perking up for you lately? How do you deal with your SADness in the winter?
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
9 Mar 12
There are a lot of people that suffer from that in one form or another. Sometimes it is almost debilitating for people. I have actually heard that they are using tanning beds to treat it somewhat versus medicine that would only be used in the winter and could potentially cause withdrawals. I do get a little down in the long dark months of winter. I can't wait until it starts getting really warm.
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• Ireland
9 Mar 12
Sunbeds simply isn't an option for me because I loathe them. They're dangerous things to go near, natural sun in the summer is enough lol (not that we get much of that here!). I would never go so far as medication, but I will be looking into natural methods for next winter, I'm finally giving in to the fact that I just can't keep being like this every winter!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Mar 12
I don't like them either but I did read where they were using them. They can be very dangerous. Spring is approaching here and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it.
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• Ireland
10 Mar 12
Another dull, cold morning here, I wish that the seasons would make up their mind. Ireland has two seasons, Winter and Autumn (Fall). We get about a week of summer every year...
• China
8 Mar 12
Well, first, I don't quite know the meaning of SAD. So i don't know whether i have such a disease or not. Second, congratulations to you for getting rid of the issue harassing you. Anyway, it is always nice to see a person live his normal life again. Have a nice day !
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• Ireland
8 Mar 12
Thanks for the response captinjack.
@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 12
I live in the United Kingdom which has a temperate climate. I love summer and warm to hot temperatures. I find spring quite delightful. I find the winter drags and makes me feel in need of some sunshine. If I am teaching full time in a permanent contract then the Christmas holiday is too expensive to travel in. December and January have miserably cold air temperatures which I don't like. I love to take a trip in November, January or February if I can manage it. Last year I did and went to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia. This year I will have autumn in Argentina and Chile on my trip which leaves in just one weeks time. At home it will soon be spring. At home I like March to September and don't like the other months due to the cold weather. I go to a spa and do some dancing to get myself through the challenging winter. The indoor jacuzzi is hot even if it is freezing outside. Where I live has a chilly coastal wind coming off the sea.
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• Ireland
9 Mar 12
Indoor jacuzzi... Now that sounds good! Thanks for the response maximax8.
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
8 Mar 12
I feel the same SAD and i hope i could get over it as soon as possible.lol,anyway,season has changed and new life begin,i saw the green and it's energetic.Summer is always coming.I just feel that i should positive toward life cause there are still a long way to go in my life.
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• Ireland
8 Mar 12
I definitely can see the weather improving these days, let's hope it's a sign of things to come and there are more bright, early mornings!
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
7 Mar 12
i do have a friend that suffers from SAD as well and she has bought herself a special light that helps. here in north america it is somewhat maybe more well known than in Ireland.
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• Ireland
7 Mar 12
I've seen those lights, the boss, who also suffers from it, bought himself one for the office in winter on particularly dark days, he says it does help somewhat. I couldn't afford to buy one, so I'm relying on the sun! I'm just wondering if a Vitamin D supplement might help somewhat.... Might be worth looking into.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
7 Mar 12
I do have more energy when the sun is shining but I don't think I haev the seasonal affective disorder.....in fact it doesn't bother me at all if the sun doesn't shine for day son end....hopefully the spring will bring you lots of energy filled days.
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• Ireland
7 Mar 12
I really hope so too jillhill, really looking forward to some sunnier weather.
@ecaron (678)
• Canada
8 Mar 12
Yeah, sadness in the winter is a problem for me too. I am glad it hasn't been too cold this winter and now that March is here it is getting quite warm these days after a this latest dump of snow, things are really warming up and I'm feeling better, looking forward to spring.
• United States
8 Mar 12
I don't think mine has anything to do with the weather. I see it as a good lifting feeling when the weather is nice out. I like to get up and get dressed and look nice and go outside and enjoy the weather.
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