Seasonal Depression - How do you cope?


  • Dec 19, 2011 7:49 AM GMT
    I'm pretty prone to falling into a winter depression.

    I'm sure some of you do also, what do you guys do to cope,
    (i.e. more exercise, vitamins?)

    I've always had problems with this, and I've never really had any great solutions, so maybe you can help. Maybe I should just move where it's nice in the winter!?

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    Dec 19, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    I cry and I write. And eat.
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    Dec 19, 2011 10:37 AM GMT
    I have a good friend who goes through this every year. She'll call me some nights just to talk and get her mind off things. The best advice I could say is find a close friend you can rely on and talk to them. Also, eat healthy, stay active(exercise), and find some hobby or something to help with keeping your mind off the things that get you down(even if there isn't anything in particular).

    Hoping for the best. Spring will be here before you know it.
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    Dec 19, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    I listen to Caribbean and tropical Latin music throughout the winter
  • GQjock

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    Dec 19, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    Seasonal depression is real and doesn't need to be suffered through anymore
    Yes there is part of it where you are inside alot and don't have many things to do but there is another part that is very easy to treat

    The depression comes from there being less amount of sunshine during the winter in the north
    Studies have shone when people with this depression are put in front of full spectrum lights ... the kind that they use in greenhouses .... they can be bought in any hardware store
    .... when they are put in front of these lights for an hour a day the depression disappeared
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    Dec 19, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    Seasonal depression, what's that? I am too busy trying to keep my winter coat off that I don't have time for depression icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 19, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    dudewithabeard saidSeasonal depression, what's that? I am too busy trying to keep my winter coat off that I don't have time for depression icon_smile.gif
    I might have to put you on ignore, because your username is too damn awesome.


    Lol, I think its simplistically genious and lame at the same time but thanks
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    Dec 19, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    Take your vitamins and masturbate, a lot. icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 19, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    Are you subject to light deprivation? Some people are, but others just dislike the cold weather. I fall into the latter category, but I'm not subject to any sort of depression over it.

    My suggestion is that you try and do some special things during the winter..... kick up your workouts, try and travel with friends and do some really fun things that you enjoy. Make it a time you look forward to specific things...... I love basketball season (KU fan here) and the idea of hanging on a Saturday afternoon and watching a KU or WSU (Wichita State) basketball game in front of a nice fire sounds great. We don't have much snow here and that makes a difference. Ultimately, you might want to move if it continues to bother you..... your health is of utmost importance.
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    Dec 19, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    Best method, surrounding yourself with the people of your life who you love and cherish, embrace every moment with them, when you're living happily you tend to forget about how badly everything else sucks. This applies for all situations.

    But usually, I get really creative over the chillier seasons and I write a lot.
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    Dec 19, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    GQjock saidSeasonal depression is real and doesn't need to be suffered through anymore
    Yes there is part of it where you are inside alot and don't have many things to do but there is another part that is very easy to treat

    The depression comes from there being less amount of sunshine during the winter in the north
    Studies have shone when people with this depression are put in front of full spectrum lights ... the kind that they use in greenhouses .... they can be bought in any hardware store
    .... when they are put in front of these lights for an hour a day the depression disappeared


    This.

    Get some good lighting it really helps. I am in Stockholm right now and we only get 6 hours of daylight. It snowed for the first time yesterday and the extra brightness from the snow lifts the spirits just enough.
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 19, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    I find lots of outdoor exercise/walking/hiking,etc. in the daylight helps; even in a northerly climate like Britain where the light gets very short in December, January.
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    Dec 19, 2011 1:56 PM GMT
    I try to spend as much time outside as I can when the day is sunny. Also the occasional session in the tanning booth helps. (I try to limit this though since it's so bad for skin). Also medication helps. S.A.D. is a very real condition.

    Other tips .... keep curtains and blinds open. Make sure you clean your windows thoroughly every fall so as much light as possible can get in. I will even drive with the moonroof of my car open during the day when it's sunny outside (as long as it's not too cold) to get light exposure. Eat healthy with lots of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Exercise and also very important.... BE SOCIAL. talk to people in person regularly whether it's at the dog park, family or friends. Get out of the house other than to go to work.
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    Dec 19, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    I hate the lack of sun in the winter, it's depressing to meicon_sad.gif, so I am going to exercise this winter and maybe take vitamin D.

    has anyone tried vitamin D and what were your sesults?


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    Dec 19, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    GO SOUTH like i did!
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Having been diagnosed with S.A.D. (seasonal affected disorder) --the name of the ailment of which you speak--over 10 years ago, I find that a true-hue light bulb near/over my work desk has been the most effective and cheapest help.
    There are many on the market...just Google "sunlight bulb" or similar.

    http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/CTGY/SAD+Fixtures+2

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-Watt-Compact-Fluorescent-Full-Spectrum-Photo-Bulb-SAD-Light-Studio-Bulbs-/310347018342?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item48421fb066

    http://www.topbulb.com/find/full_spectrum.asp

    Once a week, for a boost, I visit a tanning bed for 15 mins of regular tanning (not 'intense' or 'super' or any of the other fads) bed dosage. That really seems to help, espec. when it's been overcast for days.

    As others have mentioned, if you volunteer your time helping those less fortunate than you, that will do a lot to take your mind off of your SAD. It won't cure it or fix it...but it doesn't hurt.



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    Dec 19, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Moving to South Florida is the only thing that ever worked for me.
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Interestingly enough I was just having this conversation with a friend over the weekend. It affects more people than you would suspect.

    It especially can be difficult for those who don't have family or aren't close with them.

    The best advice is to make plans with friends, attend parities, volunteer, celebrate New Year, and see situations as the glass if half full not half empty.

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    Dec 19, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    Interesting ... so are you also effected by rainy and cloudy days .... I love rainy and cloudy days ... maybe that's the difference


    Not really. A week of cloudy/gray days might get me down, but not like what happens November thru March.

    One good reason it's called "Seasonal Affected Disorder" as opposed to "weekly___" or "daily ____"
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    StudlyScrewRite said Having been diagnosed with S.A.D. (seasonal affected disorder) --the name of the ailment of which you speak--over 10 years ago...

    Interesting ... so are you also effected by rainy and cloudy days .... I love rainy and cloudy days ... maybe that's the difference


    I'm the opposite too. Love darkness, COLD weather and rainy days. Cloudy and/or hot, muggy days give me the blahs.
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Spring and summer seasonal affective disorder (summer depression)
    Summer-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms include:

    * Anxiety
    * Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
    * Irritability
    * Agitation
    * Weight loss
    * Poor appetite
    * Increased sex drive


    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195/DSECTION=symptoms
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    Dec 19, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    Death to winter!
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    I get le sad after le Christmas, but this year I'm going to le Mexico after new years so drinking in the Caribbean sands will help fight that icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    I live in a place where it's probably the most common out of all the United States.

    To be honest,. I never really noticed since I keep active.

    I would suggest that those with this problem do the same and maybe learn how to engage with others. In any case just do something that keeps you occupied and sharp.
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    Dec 19, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    Vitamin D D D !