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Posted: I was reading/watching somewhere that 70% of people suffer depression that accompanies the changing of the seasons. What it is, as daylight grows shorter the depression grows stronger. When the days get longer the depression goes away. It is linked to a chemical our body processes or releases from exposure to sunlight.
Now, I know this is real. I have several friends who suffer from it. I think I might a bit too, but I can actually attribute mine to things other than sunlight deficiency. A couple of my friends are trying the herbal suppliment approach (not pot, vitamins), but it isn't really helping much. One has turned to drinking. None of them want pharmacutical drugs because, well, let's face it, prozac isn't needed for something felt 1/3 of the year, and they don't want to do the whole chemical thing for winter blues.
What do you all think? Is it real or in the head? Do you suffer from it and if so what approaches do you take? Curiously waiting your thoughts.
Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir "Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall "And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK
Found this old thread getting dusty in Malcolm's basement so thought I'd drag it up here.
At the moment S.A.D has got me bad. I'm ultra sensitive, I cry loads, or am on the verge of tears loads, and I feel like my head is in a completely different reality to everyone else.
A reality only for me, a world of death, torture and despair. It's sounds melodramatic, but that's seriously how I feel. And to the outside world, everything's fine. I've got no problems in my life. The only thing that's wrong is what's inside my head. Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
I don't know weather it's seasonal or not, but I remember being a lot happier a few months ago, even while I was complaining about the heat. I have loads of little problems, but nothing dire. In the summer they seemed like a distant threat, but now, theyre all I think about. I cant sleep properly, I cant really eat, I feel ill, but I'm not...and I am totally aware that it's just me being stupid but I cant stop it and then I just end up a bit angry with myself ontop of everything else. I guess I'm just being overwhelmed...and not in a good way. I'm worried I may be worrying myself to death, "I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
SAD's chemical explanation is about our melatonin production, often not because of a vitamin shortage in the body or a lack of herbs. During winter months, when the sun is not out as much our retina percieves less light and as a result our body produces more melatonin, the chemical which stimulates biological functions characterising sleep such as a lowering of blood pressure and body temperature. As a result of this we become tired and depressed all the time, whilst in summer when there is plenty of light around our bodies hold off on the melatonin production forever twirling, twirling towards victory
There IS no point in living! Except to live and pass the time before we rot and die (in whichever order)... "I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock
Hmmm, Didn't mean to make it sound so pessimistic...
I only meant it that life is just a blank canvas for you to paint whatever the hell you like on it... "I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock
I moved to the rainy dreary pacific northwest of the US and for the last few years have really been struggling with seasonal depression every fall/winter.
You don't need a prescription or even much resources in order to do a little self light-therapy. In the fall I buy time at a tanning salon. I know it's not particularly healthy for your skin but in small doses during the time of year you're not getting any other light I think it's okay. I feel more energetic for the day if I spend 5 or 10 minutes in a booth, and I usually sleep better. (I'm really susceptible to the hibernation thing)
The other thing that I've heard positive review from (and I'm probably going to go purchase this week) is a light-box. You can get full-spectrum lamps designed for use to counter seasonal depression, or you can go the easy route like me and get a cheaper lamp that has a full-spectrum bulb (more similar to natural light). Turn that on in the morning and it might help you feel that the sun is up, it's time to wake up.
CaffeinatedKatie cool, thanks for the tips! I've never really considered going to a tanning salon for light therapy before! Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.