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    Seasonal affective disorder

    Can a person suffer from this as well as other types of depression?

    Since the time changed here at the end of October (shorter days) I can tell a huge difference in how I'm coping with things and it's not good.

    Or am I a psychiatric hypochondriac? Ok, I'm kind of kidding there. Pretty much.

    Janet :)

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    Yes, you can have seasonal affective disorder in addition to other issues, or people who suffer from dysthymia, major depression, an anxiety disorder, or even bipolar disorder, etc., may find that at this time of year (in the northern hemisphere) they experience a "drop" in mood.

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    I don't know if it is SAD in my case, but I find that my mood, as well as my OCD tendencies get much worse in the wintertime. Around this time I become very preoccupied with the sunrise and sunsets. This preoccupation tends to last from October to around March, when days are quite short.

    @Janet: Judging from your pictures, I am guessing you are from North Carolina. What time does the sun set around there now? In darkest Ottawa, the sun sets a little before 4:30 right now.

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    I am very close to North Carolina and the sun is setting about 5:15.

    Do you pay close attention to the sunrise and sunset every day? Do you dread sunset? I like sunsets because I like taking pictures of them, but I dread the darkness that follows. It's much worse in the winter, but the sunsets are also much prettier.

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    I don't dread susets, I actually quite enjoy them. Like you, I hate the darkness. I hate waking up in the dark (sun rises at 7:11 this morning) and I hate going home from work in the dark (sunset at 4:26). The problem with living farther north is that the sun is barely present in the winter. The flip side of this is that in the summer, the sun can set as late as 9:30, with twilight extending well beyond 10:00. I love those days.

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    I live in nearer the equator in Florida where it is always sunny, so I may be clueless...but...maybe it would help to work/read/live near as many windows as possible when the sun is out during the day.
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    Or use full-spectrum lighting (one brand name is SAD lights, I believe manufactured by Northern Lights).

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    sunlight does help me a lot. Today (and the last three days) have been really cloudy, foggy and icky and I feel really down. This morning started out sunny and I was working on things that needed to get done, but when the clouds covered up the sun I just started feeling so low. Maybe I should move to Florida or maybe I should be a bear in my next life and semi-hibernate. I kind of do that anyway.

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    Earlier this year, I saw a two-hour lecture on PBS (public TV) by Dr. Marie-Annette Brown, who said that some people are more likely to feel depressed if they stay indoors a lot without seeing sunlight, regardless of the season:


    When they stop and think about it, it seems as though their bodies were more depressed than their minds.
    Q. What can women do to rid themselves of the Body Blues?
    A. Until recently, there were two main treatment options: psychotherapy and prescription medications. In my book, When Your Body Gets the Blues I introduce a new, all-natural solution called the "LEVITY Program."? My colleagues and I developed and tested this innovative lifestyle program at the University of Washington.

    It consists of three simple but very specific activities:

    1) Creating a more natural lighting environment - brighter during the day and darker at night.

    2) Going for a 20-minute brisk outdoor walk, five days a week

    3) Taking the following vitamins and minerals on a daily basis:

    ? 50 mgs. each of vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6
    ? 400 IU of vitamin D
    ? 400 mcg. of folic acid
    ? 200 mcg of selenium.
    http://www.thebodyblues.com
    Last edited by Into The Light; November 7th, 2006 at 09:55 AM. Reason: removed odd characters
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Seasonal affective disorder

    To that list add:

    [list][*]eat more foods containing omega-3 essential fatty acids, especially fish and whole grains[/list:u]

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