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Seasonal Affective Disorder - September 22nd 2012, 07:09 PM

I have realised that I only really get depressed in the winter. I may feel a bit down in the Spring/Summer but it's nowhere near the degree it is in during the winter. I've been like this for the past 4/5 years.

It seems to start at end of October/beginning of November.

I'm 99% sure it will happen again. I hate it

I've researched Seasonal Affective Disorder and I'm considering buying a simulated light box. The cheapest one I can find is this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...ls_o00_s00_i00

The reviews aren't too bad.

Has anyone here ever had experience with S.A.D. and artificial lights? Did they help?


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Re: Seasonal Affective Disorder - September 22nd 2012, 10:44 PM

My Nana has been casually diagnosed with this - casually as in, the doctor said this is most likely what's happening, but she hasn't seen a psychiatrist or taken any medication for that specifically.

We find that keeping her warm is a huge part of keeping her from getting too low in winter! She grew up in NSW (a much hotter climate than Auckland) so she finds the cold winters particularly frustrating. And getting as much sunlight as she possibly can, even though it's cold. She was also placed on a vitamin D supplement, which has helped.

So yeah, in winter, my Nana walks outside with the dog everyday, hangs the washing outside as much as possible, and makes sure her flat is always warm. We also encourage her to socialise, inviting her up to the main house for drinks and TV time and so forth. (I don't live there anymore but this is the way it runs.)

Also, lots of hugs. For people comfortable with being touched, hugs are an excellent way to help them feel temporarily better.

But yeah, she knows it's the rain and cold weather that makes her feel yuck, and there's nothing she can do about that, so we've just tried to find ways to make it less important that the weather is disgusting.

Artificial light (I'm assuming daylight toned?) sounds like a great idea. Getting your vitamin D levels checked may also be beneficial, as vitamin D is gained through sunlight so many people become a little bit deficient over the winter months. And if you are living in a supportive environment where you feel comfortable, during the winter, encourage people to hug you more and just casually hang out with you and shoot the breeze. It really is helpful - humans are social animals.

So no, I have no experience of SAD and artificial lights, because we tried to get Nana in as much natural light as possible. But good luck with that, and I hope it helps.
   
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Re: Seasonal Affective Disorder - September 22nd 2012, 11:29 PM

Thanks I just ordered it I hope it'll work. I may try some vitamin D tablets too if I start to feel depressed again.

Sorry about your nan At least she's socialising whilst feeling like that and has people to talk to


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