SRS Winter Time Depression

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  1. EmiB

    EmiB New Member

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    Is anyone on here suffering from this??

    I have noticed that in teh alst two winters I was really depressed during that period of time. Everytime its sunny out Im cool as a cuke, but if its cold and gray I will feel tired, and just with bunch of stupid thoughts running through my head.

    I wanna hear your story... just to compare notes
     
  2. ran xiaojie

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    I definitely feel a lot like that. On gray days I can fall asleep walking, or so it seems. It also makes my mind wander. I will catch myself thinking about things that depressed me years ago, and just start to feel crappy again. I think that it has more to do with gray skies than the cold, but I definitely think winter is a time when a lot of people feel crappy.
     
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    I definitely find myself suffering from a seasonal affective disorder as well sometimes....

    Much like you two folks, I feel tired, and just overall "lethargic" after a few days of gray, gloomy days without sunlight. The first year it really affected me, I just kind of pushed it off, dismissed my feelings as "a rough season" and that it wouldn't happen again.

    Well, it really didn't go away, and each winter, it seemed to get a little bit worse. My mother works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and she picked up this really bright light for me.

    The light she picked up was kinda like this: http://www.apollolight.com/

    Basically the light I got, was a series of really bright LED lights, about 50 of them, packaged in a black plastic "box" about 4" by 6," and in the deep winter I used it for 10-15 minutes in the morning, when I first woke up when I surfed online, and got ready for school.

    It was expensive, around a hundred dollars, but, it helped. I was very skeptical, but, it honestly helped. Maybe that was my brain psyching myself out saying it helped...but, it DID.

    Maybe that's something to look into? If it does help, $100 isn't that much. :dunno:

    Good luck. :wiggle:
     
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    quick solution: get a tanning membership.
     
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    I feel it a little, and even just getting outside helps. I also found that it wasn't as bad when I was taking good care of myself (lots of physical activity, good diet, balancing daily stress, etc)
     
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    Darketernal Watch: Aria The Origination =)

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    My teacher once told us about people who commit suicide due to seasonal depression disorder. My teacher said that it would be better for those people to move out of their homes to a country or location with a lot of sunshine during the whole year, although some take 'light theraphy' which can also be effective.
     
  7. EmiB

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    Ahhh cool bro, thanx a bunches, Ill definitely give it a try, next winter season :)

    Did you take any meds along??

    Yeah sounds like simple solution... in theory

    But picking your life up and moving is a really big decision... I was thinking about it though

    Thnx man :)
     
  8. EmiB

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    LOL at forst I though u were making a joke :hsugh:

    Yeah definitely... kindna hard though if you at work from morning till sun down in winter.


    On the side note, I heard that diabetics can suffer mood swings from humidity changes... like they feel mega lathergic if its real humid... anyone can shed some light on this and on how they help em out??

    Thnx
     
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    That's really vague, my bro's diabetic and his mood swings with his sugar levels, and a lot of 'normal' people suffer from mood swings that are related to the weather. Even i feel pressurized half an hour before a thunderstorm bursts loose. And winter depression can happen to anyone who's sensetive for it. :dunno:
     
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    No meds. I've always been afraid of starting up on some meds, for fear of them actually working, and then being dependant on those drugs to feel "normal." That's a horrible way to think, I realize, but it's how my brain works I guess.

    I was really leary of this lightbox helping me out prior to actually having one, but I DID notice a change, almost right away. That itself is strange, because they say that the boxes aren't supposed to "work" right out of the box, as in it should take a few days for them to start helping with the tiredness, moodiness, etc. For that reason, I think a good chunk of WHY I started feeling better, was mentally I thought I SHOULD be feeling better....like a placebo effect.

    Take it for what it's worth, but, it really did help me. :wiggle:

    As one of the other posters said, a cheaper solution for the time being, would be a taning salon...Seriously. :hs: While I never did that myself, I did read about it quite a bit, looking at possible "solutions" to SAD. That might be worth a try too.

    I'm finishing up my post-secondary education this semester, and one of the things I'm really thinking about while job hunting....is WHERE i want to be. I've got a perfect opportunity to try out another climate for a few years, and see how having sun for more than 6months out of the year treats me. :)

    Good luck. :)
     
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    this is one of the main reason why i will probably move to a southern state within the next few years.
     
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    DOn't matter if it is sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, gloomy, hot, cold, stormy...being bummed out is being bummed out...IMO
     
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    google "seratonin AND sunlight"

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    ?? Whats your point? Are you attempting to tell me how I feel and when I feel it? Perhaps I missunderstood what you are trying to convey... please explain
     
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    I'm glad you found something that is working for you :) Ill give it a try... (not like I have any other option)

    Thnx :)
     
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    Nope, I wasn't telling you how you feel...Holy Doodle Batman, I would be the last person to even think of that.

    To clarify: I don't think the weather has really anything to do with being bummed out. I know, I know, there is probably some scientific evidence to the contrary, it's just in MY own personal opinion, being bummed out is being bummed out regardless of the weather.
     
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    You sure can be 'bummed out' regardless of weather. But some people are bummed out, even despite the absence of any reason why they should feel depressed.

    That is, until you understand seasonal affective disorder. THAT'S the reason, in the absence of other 'normal' reasons for their depression.

    SAD. It's real. And good news...it's easily treatable.
     
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