S.A.D. Seasons change and so doth mood.(revised)

grasping-the-sun (This  post is a revised repost about S.A.D.)
‘Twas a dark and stormy Autumn   night”… as I  write from Pennsylvania.
the daylight lessens each day as we head towards Winter. I like Autumn, but many others I know, Diagnosed with Mood disorder or Bipolar disorder often slide towards depression, fatigue or low energy at this time of year.

In fact many people with no mental health diagnosis will start to feel depressed, extremely fatigued, or sleep excessively in the Fall and Winter.

For those with extreme intrusive symptoms  a diagnosis of  S.A.D…
or Seasonal Affective Disorder may be made by a health care professional.

It is believed by many doctors that:   mood and energy levels are dramatically change  with sensitivity to season (also including S.A.D.  Seasonal Depression Disorder and seasonal depression)  are caused by a disruption bodily hormone cycle.
too much melatonin created in the brain, seems to be the biggest factor .

Symptoms and warning signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder :

 

  • Depressed mood including increased negative thoughts, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, loss of self esteem.
  • Sleeping problems including an increase the need to sleep, a tendency to want to sleep more, inability to maintain normal  sleep cycles
  • Lethargy: increased difficulty with motivation, fatigue.
  • Cognitive impairment: Difficulty concentrating. Difficulty remembering
  • Stress. increased irritability, and anxiousness when dealing with people. Stress more difficult to deal with routine tasks.
  • Previous symptoms listed occur in Fall or Winter
  • Symptoms disappear in the Spring

– source: http://www.sada.org.uk/symptoms-of-SAD.html

treatments for seasonal depression, S.A.D.

 

1. Let there be  Light!

  • there is less natural light in  Autumn and Winter (in fact this is believed to be the major trigger of  Seasonal Affect Disorder (S.A.D.) and the like….
  • use increase light indoors: using brighter bulbs and or more lamps.
  • get as much natural light outdoors as possible.  Sun light is the best treatment.
  • many find it most important to get a lot of light in the morning to start the day (artificial or natural).

2. Let there be Blue light!

  • Sunlight is the most important treatment for SAD.   getting as much as possible….
  • many have found that  soft blue light bulbs, for no more than twenty minutes twice a day help with fatigue and SAD. Note: that too much direct blue light can be harmful to eyes.

3. Exercise.

  • a regular routine of light exercise in the morning.
    walking, jogging or exercise outdoors is ideal since it is more time in natural light.
  • There is no sense staring into the Sun. But when I am outside taking a walk I occasionally look towards the horizon of the sky in order to view blue or white light.

4. the doctor.

doctors can prescribe treatment  such as light therapy or medication, if necessarily.

 
I ..myself… am very sensitive to temperature. When the temperature drops I tend to sleep longer, and my entire body including my thinking  slows down.
So I start my morning with a long hot bath or shower, and dress to stay very warm.
So I’d advise others who are also sensitive to seasonal factors to think the same way.
Our interaction with our environment, including light and climate temperature, are integral  parts of us we must factor in or wellness.!

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About chris
I write because I'm not good at it. I share because, writing without sharing seems empty. Thus, I write and share what I think is meaningful.

2 Responses to S.A.D. Seasons change and so doth mood.(revised)

  1. Pingback: Useful Tips on Eliminating the Winter Blues : Family Health & Medical Blog – Skyscape.org

  2. chris says:

    Reblogged this on Pennsylvania Echoes and commented:

    S.A.D & affect of light. —

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