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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I think it is undermined how many people could potentially suffer from SAD. I know that everyone feels a little more sluggish and everyone talks a little slower, and a little lower in winter as opposed to the bright cheers of spring and the kids jumping around, I feel almost everyone has to a small extent SAD, and as terrible as a tanning booth can be for people's skin, I've heard it being a good thing for those with SAD because it gives the impression you're out in the sunlight again.ReplyDelete
I agree...I think everyone suffers from SAD just not to the same degree as others. I don't think kids feel the change like parents do. My kids seem happy all year around. I guess it's because it's my job to make sure they always have something to do. I do feel it more in the winter though because I run out of things to keep the kids busy. Maybe this contributes to SAD.ReplyDelete
I really think I have SAD! lol..I hate when it's raining and ugly out. Summer is def my favorite season, and everyone tells me that I am so much more cheerful in the summer time. I definitely should move to somewhere where it is sunny and bright everyday.ReplyDelete