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Blue [07 Nov 2011|10:16pm]

[ mood | depressed ]

It's starting again. First day after Daylight Savings time and this pic pretty much sums up my feelings.

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UK Request [20 Aug 2011|12:03pm]

I received this email from SADA so thought I'd pass on the information...

Dear SADA member

We apologise for sending this message a second time. It is an appeal
from the BBC for a volunteer who is severely affected by SAD and who
lives in the south of England (details below). The BBC need to be able
to show that it is SAD and not other aspects such as old age that are
the cause of the difficulties the person experiences.

At SADA we feel it is important to get the message out about SAD.
There are many people who do not understand the condition. The
programme will not be made unless a suitable volunteer is found.
Please consider this request.

Many thanks and best wishes

SADA Media Team

Forwarded message follows:

Dear Sir/Madam

I work as a researcher for the BBC in Southampton and we would like to
make a programme about how difficult it is to cope with SAD on a day
to day basis.

I am aware of the condition because I believe I suffer myself to a
lesser extent, hence my interest in making a programme to raise
awareness. We would like to find someone who is prepared to let us
film them towards the end of the autumn, as winter and the dreaded
dark nights approach, and then a second filming opportunity once the
clocks have gone back in November to see how a person with SAD copes.

The programme I work on is called 'Inside Out' and we are back on air
from the 17th October 2011 at 7.30pm on BBC1 transmitting to a family

We are looking for someone who is quite severely affected in order to
demonstrate to the viewer what a serious condition SAD is.

If you are interested in taking part and live within the counties
listed below, then I would like to hear from you. I would be happy to
talk to you futher if you have any concerns prior to making a
commitment to filming, please don't hesitate to give me a call on 023
80 374304 (direct dial) or e-mail me on catherine.shawyer@bbc.co.uk.


Yours sincerely

Catherine Shawyer - Researcher
BBC Current Affairs, Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7PU
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When do you get SAD? [05 Aug 2011|05:47pm]

I remember reading that SAD starts in January for most people. For me, it seems like it's almost directly in line with the solstice. I start feeling glum at the end of July, by the end of October I'm getting panic attacks and crying spells, and the beginning of December I feel dead. The rest of the winter is touch-and-go; I think it's more affected by the weather than the length of days, ie if it's grey and dark for a week I'm going to be miserable but if the sun peeps out or it snows (which reflects a lot of light) I feel almost fine. After the equinox in March I feel better except during weeks that it rains endlessly. I was wondering when other people in this community start to feel depressed.

I want to get a light box, but I work 7-3 and pretty much get up at the last minute in the morning since I'm a CNA that wears a uniform and doesn't have to waste time picking out clothes. Once I get to work I can't use it since I'm running around all over the place. CNAs get worked like mules. There's no time in the day to eat, pee, or drink water, never mind sit by a lamp. If I force myself out of bed a half hour early to use it, it will still be dark outside. Is that alright or will it mess up my circadian rhythm?
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[28 Oct 2010|06:52pm]

It's late Spring where I live (Wellington, New Zealand) and the weather's been gorgeous for the last couple of days- But I feel drained, and occasionally anxious, and I don't have a lot of energy. I don't feel soul-crushingly awful, like I do during the depths of winter, and I'm not sure I'd even say I'm depressed -more apathetic than anything- but I also don't really have much enthusiasm for anything, even things I normally love. This is not like me, at all, I hate feeling tired all the time and I would love to return to my normal, overly-excitable self. 

This has been going on for a couple of weeks and for the last few years, I've experienced pretty much the same thing at the start of every spring- Fine for a week or so, then this for a month or more. It always goes away once summer's properly underway, and it almost feels like after experiencing SAD all winter (Wellington's weather can get pretty bleak), my brain OD's on sunlight and can't cope. Does anyone else experience this? How do you deal with it?

Big hugs to everyone in the northern hemisphere, currently entering the gloomy part of the year.
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Moving to reduce symptoms: does it really work? [10 Feb 2010|10:19am]

Hi everyone, I'm new here.

I have "reverse"/summertime SAD, and live in Phoenix, AZ. But, I've got an opportunity to move to Boston, MA, where stepping outside isn't blindingly bright, and the heat stays comparatively moderate. I'm concerned that when I move to someplace with a real winter, I might develop "ordinary" wintertime SAD symptoms either instead or as well.

So, a question to those of you (with either variety of SAD) who've moved: Does it really work?
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Something nice, for once [09 Dec 2009|01:33pm]

SunTouch Plus Light & Ion Therapy Giveaway from NatureBright on ShesSmart.com! They've done lots of studies on how this particular lamp with the ion therapy really helps SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I see this as the perfect gift to YOURSELF if you're depressed. There is so much pressure during the holidays for things to be perfect. I'm looking into buying one of these for myself, or maybe a less-expensive one since I'm a frugal sort. Anyway, hope some of you decide to enter. I am someone who suffers from depression (major depressive disorder), so I understand...the...how shall I say it... the suckdom of everyday life.

Giveaway: ONE WINNER (1) will receive the SunTouch Plus Light & Ion Therapy, which retails for $139.95.
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Beat the Blues! [24 Mar 2009|11:45am]

We were informed of the LiveJournal blog site through a few of our customers and have decided to move our blog to this space. If the moderators of this community find this post inappropriate, please inform us and we'll take it down.

BioBrite Inc. is a a privately-owned, therapeutic lighting company based in Bethesda, Maryland. We primarily do business online and sell a variety of dawn simulator alarm clocks and light therapy devices for those with sleeping problems or who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

We encourage those of you searching for products in preparation for next year's winter blues (or to combat the lingering effects of this year's) to visit us on the Web at www.BioBrite.com. Don't forget to friend our journal, biobrite.livejournal.com for tips, trends and sale updates!

Thanks for reading!
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[03 Jan 2009|05:07am]

I've hated winter for a long time and am pretty convinced I have SAD (I meet the criteria according to wikipedia, heh), but it is so hard to explain to people who DON'T have SAD -- they seem to think it's just a dislike of cold, rather than a energy-draining daily horror. I wrote this poem today and for the first time I feel like I have expressed what it really feels like, so I wanted to share.

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Catch Denis Leary on the Nov 18th Daily Show? [22 Nov 2008|01:43am]

[ mood | pissed off ]

Ok, we all knew Denis Leary is, by definition, an ass. That's how he makes his living. Nevertheless, his comments regarding SAD pissed me off.

Here's the link:  www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/index.jhtml

He's on there defending the attacks he got on someone taking something out of context that he said about fakers of autism, explaining that he does know it really exists because he knows a kid who really has it and it's a real problem for some people.  Then he goes and attacks SAD sufferers.   Now, I know there are some people out there who maybe get a bit blue over the winter and think that a mild down feeling qualifies as SAD, and there are others who just claim to have it in order to get some form of unwarranted sympathy.  But geez!  You'd think what he just said about autism might still be resonating with him.  Guess not!

Yeah, I'm just venting -- maybe he needs to actually meet someone he cares about who has SAD so he can stop thinking it's a myth. 

Jerk. (I know, Denis Leary ... redundant).

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[18 Nov 2008|05:21pm]

Any suggestions on how to explain SAD to clueless but well-meaning friends and coworkers? It's hard to explain the feelings of depression to someone who has never felt it before.
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My body is being snowed in, [18 Nov 2008|10:44am]

but my mind is here:

Setting your wallpaper as a tropical beach is a nice thing to see when you turn on your computer. Just a suggestion =)
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To hell with SAD [17 Nov 2008|08:25pm]

We are in the last days of spring and about to enter summer.  You'd think I'd be happy, right?  We had a bad storm yesterday, caused massive damage and took a life.  The upshot is we now have very low, grey cloud cover.  I have been very flat all day and have started my anti-depressants again.  I'm seriously considering taking them permanently now.

I am so angry.  I live in Queensland, which is supposed to be a warm and sunny state most of the year round.  Last summer I was almost suicidal because we had no summer.  It was grey and rained the whole f@%# time.   Right now, its hard not to believe its going to happen this year as well.  I can't help feeling like I've been ripped off in a deal or something.  Stupid I know, but geez.  Its supposed to be sub-tropical here.  Where is it?  I'm feeling trapped as well.  I want to move further north to where I know its hot, but my partner won't move and I don't want to leave him.  So, I'm stuck.  I hate this.  I hate it.
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Lightboxes? [15 Nov 2008|12:14pm]

I bought one this past year, just tried to use it for the first time and it doesn't work--I guess it needs new bulbs or something.

Does anyone have any recommendations on bulbs? Or a lightbox whose bulbs are easy to change and don't burn out so easily?

I'm pretty bummed. :P I don't recall the last day of sun here in Boston and I'm ready to start climbing the walls.
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glowing clock [07 Oct 2008|03:53pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I have been looking into getting something like this illuminating alarm clock put out by LLBean:


I am not sure whether it would be as beneficial as something with UV or full spectrum light, but perhaps it would help in my case, where my husband works nights so I cannot leave my window shade open to let the sunlight in or he can't fall asleep when he gets home, as it is already sunrise by then. Perhaps having a gentle glow would help with a nice gentle wake-up and will brighten my dark room enough for me.

Any thoughts?

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insurance, prescriptions, etc. [07 Oct 2008|03:11pm]

I want a lightbox, and I was wondering if I could get a "prescription" for one and have my health insurance covered by it.

I know only a psychiatrist can prescribe meds, but could a counselor prescribe a light box, since it isn't actually medication? I don't expect a therapist of any kind to help me with my SAD, since it's a physiological response to the environment, but I've been thinking of going to a counselor anyway, for my horrible body image/self esteem issues, and I'd like to kill 2 birds with one stone.
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Hi [22 Sep 2008|11:39pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Hi. I'm new.

I have been suffering from SAD for several years now, but did not know it until last year when my doctor diagnosed me. I take anti-depressants, and was finally at a place this summer where we lowered my dose. Now I am thinking of talking to her about going back up.

For a couple of weeks now I have noticed myself doing nothing. I sit at home, on the computer, and neglect my hobbies and the housework. When I am not at work, I am doing nothing.

The worst symptom I am facing though lately is my oversleeping. I have been averaging 12-14 hours a night. I know I need to get into a sleep schedule, but I have been unable to do so, and it doesn't help that my new job schedule is so varied.

Ideally, my current plan is to:
~Wake up around the same time each day and sit with my full spectrum light for the first half hour of my day.
~For a half hour before bed time do a quiet activity with the lights low. (No t.v. or computer because they emit blue light)
~Avoid indulging in junk food cravings
~Commit to exercise at least 10 minutes a day (Starting small with this one)
~Commit to engage in a hobby for at least 10 minutes a day
~Try to spend time outside this fall and winter

I live in Maine, so it is already cold and the days are getting shorter. I know that to make myself stick to this plan will be extremely hard (if last year is anything to go by) but I am hoping that by joining this LJ group I will get support and be reminded to keep with it when I see updates on my friends page.

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SAD art [28 Aug 2008|01:00am]

[ mood | artistic ]

I did some art today, after talking about my SAD with my psychiatrist. I don't know, I just felt inspired. I hope you like it and try and grasp the feelings I was after (be they nice or not).

I guess this picture can be seen a lot of ways. The first, 'Summer' crow can either be escaping winter, or being sucked up by it. I used crows because they are special spiritual animals to me, and I nearly always portray my feelings using them.

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Early SAD? [27 Aug 2008|07:32am]

Wow... it's August and I'm having symptoms already. I'm not sure if anyone else has the same symptoms but mine are like a heavy, sleepy feeling, where I just want to lay down and sleep or generally do nothing. I can feel winter moving forward, though no-one else seems to notice. As night falls, it makes me feel down and depressed. I WANT to like Winter, and Fall. I think Fall is such a beautiful season, I just wish I could get rid of my sadness and depression.

I hate having to struggle every year as winter approaches, gripping me and pinning me down. I long for Spring as soon as it hits, and this just seems to make it last longer. After a year out, this will also be my first year back to college, and I'm not sure how I'm going to cope. I need a light, but I can't afford it right now. I'm struggling emotionally, financially, and in every day life to overcome various illnesses.

I'm sure for the mini-rant, I just needed to post this somewhere where people might understand and I won't get the 'Why are you depressed?' or 'Cheer up' comments. I'm also a long-time lurker, first time poster, so hello all!
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[18 Jun 2008|03:54pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

The summer solstice is fast approaching. I find it very strange to be so aware that the light will start fading soon, even with months of warm weather left.

To that end my brain is already starting to think of new ways to prepare and get through this winter. Anybody else have that hit around that time or over the next month or so?

I hope you're all enjoying your summers!

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[29 May 2008|07:43pm]

[ mood | cold ]

 Hello! Very glad to see there is a SAD community here on Livejournal :)

My name is Bri, I'm 20, and about four years ago was semi-officially diagnosed--- I say 'semi officially' because my therapist was treating me for a different thing, when she mentioned that she suspected SAD throughout our sessions. I have not been to a psychiatrist in those four years... but anyway.

I live in the wonderfully miserable Northwest (anyone else dread the winters/7 months of rain here??), and more specifically, in Ashland, OR. Ever since I've moved here, the Winters have been bad on my emotional and mental health. This year has been especially dark and crappy. It's nearly June now, and it's been miserable, gray, rainy and cold for over a solid week. Rather unfair after we hit 102 degrees the week before, do'cha think? Grr.

So the reason I joined was because I've never really talked to anyone about the dissorder, and it's just good to know that other people on ye olde interwebz can relate. My symptoms range, but are not debilitating. Or, I don't let them get that way, I suppose. On bad days, I pretty much have to force myself to do things, every little thing--- from actually pushing my toes on the pedal to get gas in the pipes of the car--- everything is a friggin' effort and a half. My mood is just lame overall on bad days; I feel antisocial, and yet I'd love it if The Boy would somehow magically get mindreading powers to sense that I need to be held (of course, rationally I know that he's not gonna know unless I tell him with my mouth), so being antisocial and yet needing just a little is frustrating. I usually just hole up in my cave of a room when I'm feeling that glum. I'd describe the feeling on the dark, rainy, gray days as being 'pitiful'. Over-sensative, pissed off, grouchy, miserble, a little hopeless--- all that fun junk! And so to spare my SO, I usually just get reclusive. I don't know, does that make it better or worse, relationship wise? (I'm new at this relationship thing and wasn't suffering SAD symptoms when we first got together). I know that this is not a relationship counseling community, but any advice on how to deal with SAD stuff in a relationship would be nifty.

I'm also a fine arts major, so my inspiration, motivation, and creativity are affected by the darker days. I still am able to produce and maintain a great GPA and everything, but the effort is exhausting. I notice that the exhaustion is never there when the weather changes. Alas, here in Ashland, school for us is October-June... so basically, all seven months of rain and snow and overcast. Wonderful. I also work as a cashier at a local organic food co-operative, and lemme tell you, it is brutally hard to be nice to people when I'm going through the SAD fun. My focus goes down and I leterally turn into a groceries-scanning, money-handling zombie for eight hours. It's aweful.

I recently started the Depo-Provera shot for girly issues. I read that this can make depression worse. I'll readily admit that this has been the hardest year as far as SAD symptoms go, but I felt that happening before I got on 'the shot', so I'm unsure if this has made it worse (has anyone else had experince with this?). I don't take any other meds. I do, however, take melatonin before bed because of insomnia, which may or may not be SAD-related. I've always had a weird circadian rhythem. But melatonin knocks me right out within an hour and a half, and it's all natural.

So... I'm really looking forward to seeing the sun once more (whenever -that- happens...) and hope that you all are nice and warm and sunny already!

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