Okay so Chapter 13 really spoke to me. I have now diagnosed myself with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is when your mood varies with the seasons of the year, and it is usually very low in winter. This wintertime depression is thought to be associated with a decrease in sunlight and green vegitation. Symptoms for Seasonal Affective Disorder usually start in the fall and increase in during the winter months. Symptoms of fall and winter seasonal affective disorder include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdraw, oversleeping, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, appetite changes especially a craving for foods high in carbs, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating and processing information. This is my life in the winter! I'm always tired, I never feel like doing anything, I eat carbs like crazy, and I just feel so depressed all the time. As soon as the leaves are off the trees I start to feel bummed out and it just seems like winter will never end. Instead of going to a doctor or taking medication for my disorder I have decided that I have to move to Florida. That is my only option if I want to treat my disorder.
Below is a link to a video on how to help treat the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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