SAD- Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Jan 14, 2019

I have wondered if January brought a deeper tendency for me to be either more depressed, deeper down depressed, or if I was just imagining it. But lately on Connect I hear a lot of the same complaints- “I’m so down; I don’t care if I get out of bed;…”
I have just emailed my doctor about this and if a special light would help.
This article by Mayo Clinic also offers information about the lights themselves.
Who also feels like this? Maybe it’s not getting worse but the lack of light that is exacerbating depression, which makes me more anxious. It’s such a vicious cycle. Reality is that our storms are increasing in numbers and getting larger and longer lasting. Therefore there is less light getting through from the sun. At least that is what it is in New England.
So, what do you all think?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651

Hi @merpreb you may have noticed I added this discussion to the Depression and Anxiety group as well so that more members can take part in this discussion.

This is a great discussion to get going and I wanted to start out by tagging @pearlbaby7 who has mentioned Seasonal Affective Disorder in the past.

Back to you @merpreb how have you been feeling? Did you doctor get back to you about the effectiveness of a special light?

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Hi @ethanmcconkey – I ordered a light and should be getting it today! I have PTSD so I'm prone to depression. Welcome @pearlbaby7
Yes my doctor had ordered it for one of her sons and she said it works for him. Keeping my fingers crossed

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@merpreb It will help seasonal affective disorder if you make sure your Vitamin D levels are optimal. Your doctor can test this. My doctor has me take a K2 D3 supplement (in same pill) from Ortho Molecular. The K2 is important to help the absorption of D3. If you are not getting enough sunshine, your body isn't making it's own Vitamin D, and winter makes everyone in the Northern hemisphere deficient. Vitamin D is used by the body for your immune system and hormone function, so very important.

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@jenniferhunter – Thank you. I really appreciate your concern. I'm pretty much on top of it. I've needed to supplement Vit D3 for a number of years now. K2? Is this CBD?

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I have also been taking D3 for nearly 10 years now. I take 4000 IU daily as directed by OB/GYN.

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@jenniferhunter– I bought an Verilux Happy Light and used it yesterday and today. I have no idea yet if it will help. I had to do an eye test to make sure I don't have any adverse effects, like headaches, etc. I'm not selling this product nor advertising it, we can't. I'll keep you all updated!

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@parus

I have also been taking D3 for nearly 10 years now. I take 4000 IU daily as directed by OB/GYN.

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Good morning Parus.

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@merpreb

Good morning Parus.

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@merpreb Back at you lightshine! I always have lots of lights on!! It also helps my mood(s) to play with pen and paper. A once avid birder and still lover of the birds. A playtime.

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@parus

@merpreb Back at you lightshine! I always have lots of lights on!! It also helps my mood(s) to play with pen and paper. A once avid birder and still lover of the birds. A playtime.

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@parus– WOWOW. This type of drawing takes many hours and patience. I do watercolors, or have done them in the past. I really hope to take it up again.
The light that I am referring to is a special bulb-Energy Lamp emulates natural daylight to deliver white light for improving overall mood, energy and concentration. The HappyLight's Natural Spectrum light stimulates the body's natural energy enhancers without exposing you to harmful UV rays.

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@parus

@merpreb Back at you lightshine! I always have lots of lights on!! It also helps my mood(s) to play with pen and paper. A once avid birder and still lover of the birds. A playtime.

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@parus

@merpreb Back at you lightshine! I always have lots of lights on!! It also helps my mood(s) to play with pen and paper. A once avid birder and still lover of the birds. A playtime.

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@parus Oh, this is just beautiful! Makes me want to just reach out and offer some bird seed! What a cheerful way to start my day, seeing these little Winged Ones. Thank you so much for this.
Ginger

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@parus Oh, this is just beautiful! Makes me want to just reach out and offer some bird seed! What a cheerful way to start my day, seeing these little Winged Ones. Thank you so much for this.
Ginger

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@gingerw– I agree. Her love of these chickadees sure shines through!

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@parus Oh, this is just beautiful! Makes me want to just reach out and offer some bird seed! What a cheerful way to start my day, seeing these little Winged Ones. Thank you so much for this.
Ginger

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@gingerw Your comment has placed a smile on my entire well-being. Also @merpreb for her bird identification skills. More snow moving in for this neck of the woods. Have a supply of suet for my little chickadees, etc.

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@parus

@merpreb Back at you lightshine! I always have lots of lights on!! It also helps my mood(s) to play with pen and paper. A once avid birder and still lover of the birds. A playtime.

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@parus , simply fascinating! Do you ever color them?

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