SAD – Seasonal Affected Disorder

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Many of us might say that being less active in the winter is the normal cycle of life. A less peppy mood may be typical in this season, but for some people, cold weather and lack of sunshine bring on more than the usual winter blahs. It can bring on a form of clinical depression called the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summertime sadness, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer. (wikipedia)
Nature has gifted Bangalore city with a very pleasant and moderate climate. In Bangalore, neither would you tremble with cold in winters, nor would you drench with sweat in summers. Bangalore weather boasts of cool winters and warm summers, without any extremes in both the cases. Currently, due to rainy and chilly weather of Bangalore, I am apparently suffering from SAD. It’s cold. It’s dark. It feels like last Christmas, I gave someone my heart … and the very next day, they gave it away. It’s mid-november, and should be mildly cold with bright sunshine…but all we have here is chilly weather with drizzling throughout the day. It’s ok, if it’s for 1-2 days, but it’s been over a week now with this weather, and it’s expected to last for 2 weeks more now !! Everywhere it is damp and cold and muddy…it’s difficult to move out, travel or work !!
Symptoms of SAD for the winters generally consists of difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and over eat, especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends,
family, and social activities, increased desire to be alone and greater need for sleep. All of this leads to depression, pessimistic feelings of hopelessness, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder. Even though the harsh chill in the air might bring you down, SAD is believed to relate more to daylight, not the temperature. Some experts believe that a lack of sunlight increases the body’s production of a body chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is what helps regulate sleep and can cause symptoms of depression.
So, it is winter yet again. The beautiful colours of the autumn leaves have disappeared and have been replaced by barren tree limbs and icicles sharp and brittle. The harsh winds rattle the window frames and the cold air seems to sing a cruel song that frightens away birds to warmer climates. The daytime gives way to the moon, and darkness sets in way before supper. I love winter season, but not in this damp and dark way…it is the season of festivities, after all !! Perhaps this article is itself saddening, maybe because I am myself suffering from SADness !!

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8 thoughts on “SAD – Seasonal Affected Disorder

  1. I know all those feelings you have. My son is bipolar and also has SAD. You are doing the right thing by speaking out reaching out. Like you said this is the time of withdrawal but you are staying g active and trying to work through it . Good for you. Keep working don’t give up. Many times people with SAD think it effects only them it doesn’t .it effects their friends and family as well. Keep fighting .

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  2. I also suffer from SAD. Thank you for writing this piece. It is not easy, some winters are easier than others. This is appearing to be one of the more difficult ones. Continue to reach out to others, sometimes the company of others is just what we need.

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  3. We are made from Mother Nature so she heals us and raises our vibration so make sure you get out in the winter as much as possible. We have written several blogs on this. Even with your boots on you can still walk and ground connecting to earth and heal. I also have a special lamp designed for SAD for any bad days. Also eat healthy, exercise and take the right supplements it helps a lot. Dr. Mercola is our favourite site. We have a link. Moonlight too is very empowering, love and light C.

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