Seasonal Affective Disorder is aptly abbreviated SAD

I just recently did enough reading about Seasonal Affective Disorder to realize that I do suffer this to some extent, and it seems to have worsened as I have aged.  This seems to be a normal pattern.  Living here in the northern latitudes of Montana contributes to the difficulties associated with NO SUNLIGHT! 

Look at this chart that displays relative numbers of SAD and the less serious "winter blues" in Montana versus some of the southern states:


One of the most interesting symptoms, and one that rings especially true for me, is the craving for sweets and starchy foods.  Ahh-ha!  Now I have an explanation for winter weight gain that really makes sense during the holidays, which are filled with mashed potatoes, yams, and extra servings of dessert.
 
Some of the symptoms that I immediately recognized in myself:
  • A change in appetite, especially a craving for sweet or starchy foods
  • Weight gain
  • A drop in energy level
  • Fatigue
  • A tendency to oversleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Increased sensitivity to social rejection
  • Avoidance of social situations and a loss of interest in the activities I usually enjoy
Lovely, right? Who wants to hang out with me?

One of the recommended treatments for SAD, as offered by the U.S. Government's National Institute of Health, is to go and spend the dark winter months in a warmer climate, which also has more hours of daylight.  OK!

This idea I like.  I want to be a Snowbird. (Is that the correct term?)  Summers in Montana and winters in Arizona. 

Here is a link to Family Doctor .org   which has a page on SAD.
 
And here is a book for SAD Dummies

2 comments:

  1. This doesn't seem to get to me too much, although the days when the sun pops out really do perk me up, which makes me wonder if I was bothered more than I realize. But I really like the snow to play in, so I'm mostly sad if it's just gray and cold with no snow. Now THAT would be depressing.

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  2. I know I suffer from it. The sun hasn't come out in about a week. Feel lazy and uninspired to do anything.

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