Ever have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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    Jan 27, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    I think I definitely have this. Right now in the dead of winter I always feel I sleep all the time but fee I cannot get enough sleep...I want to eat everthing in sight and I feel down most of the time, just cant get going...

    I get tired of it being dark all the time. I work 3rd shift so that makes the light issue even worse, by the time I get up and get going its getting or already is dark!

    I suffer through this every winter and I get so tired of it, but once summer roles around I am ready and raring to go biking, hiking, everthing and can go off of 4-6 hours of sleep instead of almost 12 like I am now.

    Anyone ever suffer from this????
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    Feb 01, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    I was "unofficially" diagnosed with it the previous two years... this year somehow it did not happen for me, which I am very glad!

    I didn't enjoy waking up in the mornings during winter because I simply couldn't get up, and if I did get up I felt the need to go back to bed right-away(it didn't help either that its grey outside for days and days here in Chicago).
    The appetite really increased to the point that I gained 15 lbs in two weeks. Part of that could be blamed on the fact that I was going to school full-time and worked full-time.

    My attitude was not the happiest but I was not mister miserable... I felt "bland"

    What my doctors suggested was I should try was to buy one of those lamps that simulates crisp daylight and use it for about an hour after I woke-up. Also do run or exercise to get some of that "runner's high"--as it's called.
    I didn't want to be diagnosed because I wasn't depressed, I just felt "drained." Also, I would've been prescribed anti-depressants... which I am not fond to try. I know one too many people on them, and I knew it was not for me.

    I do agree wih you, redbull, that during Summer-time I am the most hyper-person around. As soon as the sun comes up, I am up being active. As for sleep, I usually can go on 2-4 hours easily. Also, my appetite disappears.
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    Feb 01, 2008 11:50 AM GMT
    Yes I am pretty sure I have it. November is my least favourite month of the year since that is the first one in which the clocks have been rolled back and daylight ends before 5 PM. December 21st I silently celebrate because I know after winter solstice is over the daylight increases a little bit each day.

    With SAD I just feel like staying in doors all the time and hibernating!
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    Feb 01, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    I definitely had SAD a few weeks back just before christmas but you just got to hold in there it will get lighter and warmer eventually.
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    Feb 02, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    I have classic symptoms though they are generally mild as long as I keep on them. I actually use tanning beds to get over it. The excess vitamin D helps reduce the symptoms and lying down and being bathed in light for 12-15 minutes after treking through Edmonton weather feels amazing. Also full spectrum lighting does wonders, I replace all the bulbs in my apartment mid-October and then change them back in the spring (March~ish) so they usually last me a few years before I have to replace them.
  • kinetic

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    Feb 02, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    YES!
    Although, I've just relocated to Houston from Boston so I don't think it will be affecting me much longer.
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    Feb 04, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    I have it big this year. I don't like being cooped up inside.
  • cdnclub

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    Feb 08, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    We got a new holiday in Ontario just this year on Feb. 18..it's know as family day, but we all know it's really a S.A.D. day! icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 08, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    I think I am experiencing this for the first time... real moody and tired a lot of the time, hating my job, and it seems that all I can think about is how much I would give for some sunshine.

    Not this way all the time, but certainly feeling it... the gym helps some, but I'm just waiting for it to pass, mostly.



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    Feb 08, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    I've had it on and off for about 15 years. Right now I treat it with GABA and 5htp. A friend of mine got a light from Apollo light box and he says it really helps so I think I might give it a try.
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    Feb 08, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidI've had it on and off for about 15 years. Right now I treat it with GABA and 5htp. A friend of mine got a light from Apollo light box and he says it really helps so I think I might give it a try.


    What are GABA and 5htp?
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    Feb 08, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    GABA is an amino acid is that helps improve mood and energy and 5htp is another that helps regulate sleep cycles and improve mood. You can get them both at any health food store.
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    Feb 08, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    I'm also from Edmonton (the most northerly major city on the continent), but I try to get outside a lot in the winter. I make a point of walking to the gym during daylight hours and working at the computer near a sunny window. My real problem at this time of year is the cabin fever. Today's windchills are once again in the minus forty range, yet I feel like doing yardwork.
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    Feb 08, 2008 11:35 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidWhat are GABA and 5htp?


    GABA is a type of building structure. Perhaps you have heard of GABA the Hut?