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I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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    Usually 5 Months Sad - Well I cannot say for sure how long I have had it, for as long as most other of my "ailments"... after doing some research and talking to...
    BlazzinBebe88 BlazzinBebe88 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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    Before I Knew It... - Upon hearing I was moving out West, many of my friends and family warned me about the weather. I reassured them, the climate is lovely! Its not as cold as...
    MzAliceFaye MzAliceFaye 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2012

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    I Think I Do... - Winter is always a weird season for me,weird things happen.I don't really know how to explain it but I just get this weird feeling. Autumn is my favorite season...
    BreannaHenry BreannaHenry 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    SAD - I've been doing some research on seasonal affective disorder. There seems to be a correlation between the disorder and vitamin d insufficiency. Has anyone tried taking...
    kmart1600 kmart1600 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2013

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    I have not been diagnosed with SAD but I have suffered from depression in the fall/winter and now spring since moving to Colorado. I used to think it was the light issue when I...
    azharley67 azharley67 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    Winter Brings Me Misery Every Year - I was a summer baby, born in 85 in the sweltering heat, maybe that is why winter makes me feel like the world is ending. This year, winter has...
    Jailyn85 Jailyn85 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 21, 2013

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    Worse This Year - My doctor was the one who figured out I had SAD 20 years ago.  I was always getting sick in the winter.  When it affects me (worse some years than others), I...
    kab164 kab164 46-50 1 Response Jan 1, 2011

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    Anxiety? - Hi, I was just wondering if anyone with SAD notices any kind of anxiety during the Winter months. This year I've been going on my light box, taking the Pura EPA fish oil...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2012

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    Just Realizing How Crazy I Am - i'm just starting to talk with a therapist that lives near my house. it's all very secrety cause my uncle doesn't want a crazy relative. anyway, the...
    sayonaranow sayonaranow 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 31, 2012

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    Not Sure - I'm not actually sure I have SAD. Winter has always had a negative effect on me, but always to an extent. I'm a summer person. Sunshine and warmth make me happy and...
    TheRealJade TheRealJade 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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    It's Messing With My Mind! - Once again it's Winter. The usual thoughts are plaguing me. Don't mind dying; hate the world sometimes (some of it anyway); rebelling against any form...
    RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F Dec 30, 2008

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    Dark Winter In Scandinavian Country - Well Im usually a positive person with spiritual soul, I can find the light and happines in almost all situation but NOT during the dark...
    shantifom shantifom 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 25, 2012

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    Seven Months of Sadness. . . . - It usually kicks in mid-october and diminishes mid-may. I've had the disorder since I was about thirteen. . i know what research says about it...
    jameelynn jameelynn 19-21, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2007

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    Me Too -   I'm sure I have it to some extent.  Despite my best efforts to self-treat the symptoms (and I have a few strategies that seem to work), there are...
    gladiate gladiate 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 30, 2009

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    Dreading Winter Already - It's just over two weeks here in England, before the summer solstice arrives and, from thereafter, the days begin to get about a minute and a half shorter...
    Crumpets7 Crumpets7 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 2, 2012

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    SAD -   Believe I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, and have a question for others with SAD. I noticed through the years I am very sensitive to the changes in the...
    mike52 mike52 51-55 Jul 5, 2008

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    I Hate Winter! - I have always hated winter. It lasts far too long and the depression hit in October for me. I hate been cold, inactive, puffy, just sad and low all the time. I...
    Newmember2012 Newmember2012 31-35 Oct 20, 2012

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    In a Funk - Living in sunny southern California, I never really noticed it until I lived in NYC for a few years and then I discovered that I would be in a funk once...
    endlessrain endlessrain 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 11, 2008

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    Autumn Mood... - Every year in September/October, when there is less daylight every week, if feel my S.A.D. rising up. Getting up in the morning when it´s still dark outside is...
    N0B0DYSWIFE N0B0DYSWIFE 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    Doctor seems to think I suffer from this. I go to work and next I know I sleep my evening away!
    Browneyed39 Browneyed39 36-40, F Feb 8

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    It's Like Clockwork - SAD started for me about 10 years ago, yet it still surprises me how consistently it hits. And it's not all about being "sad" - it's also ...
    siren1971 siren1971 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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    I Think Its Starting Again... - I think I have SAD. I'm not 100% sure but last year I felt really down and unmotivated for no reason and I decided I might be depressed. Back in...
    Kari93 Kari93 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2011

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    It's Starting... - For the past month or so, like end of summer I've been worrying a bit about my depression starting wondering if it'll get as bad as last year and if anything I...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 10, 2012

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    Dreading Winter! - I love fall, and I also love the holiday season of early winter, but once Christmas is over, that is when my black moods set in. If this happens for me again...
    caramelappledreams caramelappledreams 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    Don't Need the Sunshine - Don't Need The Sunshine by Catatonia Well it's a most peculiar feeling, like sunburn in the evening With dark clouds on their way And you think...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 20, 2008

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    What's Next ? - I had been sick and finally wound up in the ER at the Veteran's Hospital. Leading up to this visit my mood swing's were all over the place. The doctor that look at...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 6 Responses Dec 22, 2010

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    Seasonal Affective Disorder - Today is the day we turned the clock back one hour. It makes us feel more tired and irritated. It's a change in mood, some of us feel depressed or sad...
    CanBeBetter CanBeBetter 41-45, M Nov 4, 2012

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    I'm Not Sure - I think I might have SAD, but I don't know. I don't want to tell my parents because I used to harm myself and I don't want them to worry again unless I'm sure...
    somuchtosee somuchtosee 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 10, 2011

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    I'm Struggling - This is the third year in a row that winter/autumn has caused me to fall into a deep sadness. I've never been diagnosed with SAD but for the past two years, I have...
    youngwildfree92 youngwildfree92 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2012

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    I wish there were only 3 seasons ! I hate winter! Everything is DeAD, no leaves, no life, gotta hibernate to keep warm, it's not enough daylight to go outside and it's too cold to...
    JaDun JaDun 31-35, F Dec 17, 2013

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    Sadness - During the winter when it gets light out at 9 am and dark at 4pm in the afternoon I always feel depressed sad and listless but during the summer months I seem...
    tatteredwings tatteredwings 36-40 6 Responses Jun 15, 2009

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    I Can't Stand The Hot Summers - The summers heat makes me having to be by a fan most of the time!I'm glad when it rains in the summer!    I wish it was either fall or winter...
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Jan 5, 2013

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    Panic Attacks? Seasonal Aff Dis? - has anyon else suffered panic when in wintertime gets dark earlier?
    candypink777 candypink777 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 20, 2013

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    Its Starting - today I feel like my funk is starting, what didnt help is that I noticed the beautiful green trees are starting to die. I dont want fall to start. I really am...
    tikishorts tikishorts 26-30, F Aug 25, 2007

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    Meloncholy Autumn To Desolate Winter - I can feel it setting in deeper with every passing day now. I try to sit out in the sun, but it's getting too cold for that. My bones hurt...
    pengimachine pengimachine 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    I'm Writing a Story About This... - Hi there... I'm a reporter with a Chicago newspaper, writing a story about SAD - and the winter blues in general -  and I'm looking for...
    alexia alexia 26-30, F Dec 26, 2007

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    So Very S.A.D. - Every year around the end of September or beginning of October it's the same thing...an emotional flat line. It ranges from just feeling a little blah to being...
    FordPrefect42 FordPrefect42 36-40, M 13 Responses Sep 20, 2011

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    Are You Okay? - I'm thinking of everyone in this group... it's been fairly quiet... I can guess why. I can only speak for myself, but it feels like this winter has beaten me to a...
    BlooperBlue BlooperBlue 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    SAD is a crappy thing to go through. It just makes me so cranky and irritated that it's also bringing my grades down. The days get darker and darker and I just get worse. And...
    Hokkaido1 Hokkaido1 22-25, F Dec 14, 2013

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    I'm Designing A S.a.d Lamp And Need Your Help ! - Hello all, I'm a university student in the UK and I'm currently designing a S.A.D lamp and would love to know what would make...
    lou22lou22 lou22lou22 18-21 2 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    I Am a Fair Weather Friend... - The moment I heard of SAD, I knew I had it.  I was 12 or 13 and it was still kind of a theory.  I hate it.  I sometimes feel like...
    libralotus libralotus 26-30, F Jun 8, 2007

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    Any Bipolar Ii With S A D Out There - Well it is now March 18 2010 and I made a major mistake two  days ago.I take Welbutrin XL 300mg April through October and 450mg...
    sadohio sadohio 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 18, 2010

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    Ugh! - I get bad at the beginning of the end of october. I just change. I hate it. when it's darker I just feel like there is a blanket over my emotions. no one understands me when...
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 23, 2007

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    Respect Mother Nature - I respect Mother Nature and in truth I try to give each and every season the respect it deserves.That being said, the endless snow and lack of sunshine in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 26, 2010

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    It Sucks! - Crappy weather brings crappy feelings. I suffer. But I manage. It used to be alot worse. I have usually had someone to be with. Someone to share the holidays and...
    Massconfusion Massconfusion 36-40, M 3 Responses Nov 1, 2009

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    When Winter Approaches. - As it starts to cool slightly, the street lights turn on earlier and off later and you see the brown, mulchy leaves carpeting the ground, that's when I...
    Patronusmagic Patronusmagic 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    Unfortunatly - Yes i have seasonal affective disorder. I suspected this last year when it happened but i wasnt sure i thought it was how situations were but now its happening again...
    aloserlikeme aloserlikeme 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    I've Had It Since About Age 14 - And it totally sucks! When it rains or gets cloudy, I just hate it. And then my mood gets all sad, depressed, and crabby. It can be a serious issue...
    smilingthroughthepain smilingthroughthepain 18-21 9 Responses Nov 17, 2008

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    Winter Blues And Then Some.. - I've had SAD since I was around 10 years old. For which I put the blame to my father. Though I do think that for the most part he has it worse than I...
    EsotericTrash EsotericTrash 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 31, 2009

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    Fed Up - This is my second year with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Starts around September getting a bit tired, no motivation, lower moods, etc. Then around November time is when it...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 16, 2012

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