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I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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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 winter. Its like all my joy is GONE, it has dissapeared, like I had fallen in to a dark hole, a black hole, a terrible tasteless and boring and...
    shantifom shantifom 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 25, 2012

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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 from the cold and my mind hurts from the dark. I hate the dark. Darkness is like a reflection of what's inside of me, following me around...
    pengimachine pengimachine 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    i can't take it anymore.

    .... so i'll have to post this in hopes that i can vent everything out. don't worry about me, i'll get better after winter is over. last night i finally broke down...... i don't get it, i'm happy yet depressed at the same time. i have a great boyfriend, and the greatest best...
    randomgirl42 randomgirl42 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2015

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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 very saddened by this. today is a very cloudy , dark day. When its like this outside it makes me have a panicky...
    tikishorts tikishorts 26-30, F Aug 25, 2007

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    I didn't develop S.A.

    D. until moving to Maine three years ago. I barely made it through the winters of 2014 and 2015. I spent hours on the phone with crisis lines. (Don't even get me started on how lousy the crisis intervention system is in Maine--it's like they WANT people to kill themselves...
    themoodymuse themoodymuse 56-60, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't know if this is SAD

    but is anyone deeply affected by darkness? I absolutely can't stand nighttime. For years of my life it has triggered deep depression and pain. I can't stand it.
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 Jun 8, 2015

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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 the weather turned colder.  It usually started in late October or early November.  November has not...
    endlessrain endlessrain 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 11, 2008

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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 October through April.I thought that the S A D would be over by now so I cut my blue LED light box and cut my wellbutrn back to 300 mg. I...
    sadohio sadohio 56-60, M 2 Responses Mar 18, 2010

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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 every single day. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, and although I only recognised it five winters ago, I'm pretty certain...
    Crumpets7 Crumpets7 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 2, 2012

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    It's that time of year again.

    I'm medicated this time, but if I forget for even a day, I feel it. The hard part is my friends and boyfriend can make me forget about it. It's Thanksgiving break and we are all in different places. I'm in Utah. He's in Oregon. Who knows where everyone else is? I needed to...
    MidnightLaughter MidnightLaughter 22-25, F Nov 26, 2014

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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 lived in NY but now that I am in Colorado I realize it's the snow and ice and the cold. I lived in AZ for several years and didn't have...
    azharley67 azharley67 41-45, F Jan 31, 2014

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    I'm scared for winter.

    The grey colors and lack of natural light screw with my head, and I get depressed, suicidal even.
    sassycastiel sassycastiel 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 11, 2015

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    From October through February,

    I am depressed. Here it is almost November and I can feel the heaviness of my depression setting in. I hate how this time of year is ruined. Every year I keep telling myself that this is the year that I won't be affected by it, that this is the year when I will overcome it, but...
    ash000056 ash000056 22-25 3 Responses Oct 31, 2015

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    Every winter. It usually starts in January

    and lasts about a month, sometimes longer...I don't feel like myself and the feelings of doom and gloom are hard to shake.
    serenewinds serenewinds 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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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 it's most unlikely life could ever shine as brightly Once the sun has gone and the pressure's on And the rain is here again...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 20, 2008

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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 I tell them that I have SAD. I explain to them what it is and they still don't understand because I...
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2007

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    PriscilaG PriscilaG 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 10, 2015

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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 go anyways! I have never been to a doctor or been diagnosed wit SAD but I do know I feel much better in spring and summer... And being...
    JaDun JaDun 31-35, F Dec 17, 2013

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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 some people about it when I was probably about 14-15 I realized that I too had it... it really sucks and the one thing I...
    BlazzinBebe88 BlazzinBebe88 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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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 41-45, F Feb 8, 2014

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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 it is its own breed of bipolar disorder.  I am 2 different people - in the winter I am lazy and apathetic and will eat any...
    libralotus libralotus 26-30, F Jun 8, 2007

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    Indeed I do. I think I get this from my Aunt -

    since she's the only one in my family that has this. (that I know of). In our case, we have : "winter depression" or also known as - "the winter blues". She's more effected by it than I am - but I do have it.
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F Nov 21, 2014

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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 and i am not sure what to do i am trying to fight it stand against it do something that can stop it from happening...
    apersonlikeme apersonlikeme 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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    When I moved and spent my first winter up near

    Canada, I wasn't really that moody. But then year after year, I got so depressed that I finally had to go see a psychiatrist. I would notice how active and upbeat I was during summer months, but as soon as the first Snowflake hit the ground, my mood immediately drops. The sun...
    killakissa killakissa 26-30, F Nov 27, 2014

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    Fall is my most favorite

    and most hated season. It's like I can remember every memory I've had during fall. It triggers my depression instantly. I guess it reminds me of when I was younger and life was simple. I feel so invigorated. It's like I have have too much energy and it engulfs me. But I get...
    LockRobster LockRobster 31-35, F Oct 5, 2014

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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 been the worst to date probably due to the rest of the stress in my life right now, but I literally wish i could stay in bed until the...
    Jailyn85 Jailyn85 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 21, 2013

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    It sucks so bad when your favorite season is

    also the season when you get depressed I love living in the dark but it also makes me depressed Seasonal depression really sucks urrgghhh And I don't like light too Maybe this is a disorder I have to live with God this is crazy
    l0stwithin l0stwithin 18-21, M Dec 21, 2015

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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 seriously depressed, but all the happy is gone for a few months. Oh, there's still happy moments. Sometimes full days...
    FordPrefect42 FordPrefect42 41-45, M 14 Responses Sep 20, 2011

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    Ahh, I hate winter. I drop down to a state

    where I just don't wanna do anything. Go **** yourself SAD
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 8, 2015

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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 the best lamp possible. At the moment my design is unlike the clinical, ones that are currently on the market. It also uses LED's for lower energy...
    lou22lou22 lou22lou22 18-21 2 Responses Dec 3, 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 which is currently happening here in America(in Australia its spring because how the earth rotates and such and such...
    BreannaHenry BreannaHenry 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    Realising A Pattern

    Its funny, in a way. I've always felt kind of 'off', throughout the summertime. Its a trend that I've noticed over the past couple of years, but I've never thought too much about it. Neither had I realised that there was a term for it, nor that so many others felt it too. Like...
    KnightyKnight KnightyKnight 22-25, M 3 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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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 pulp. Living in the 'great white north' doesn't help. Although the days are (finally) getting longer, most days it's...
    BlooperBlue BlooperBlue 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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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 gets really bad where I struggle to get up at all in the mornings. Last year I ignored all the symptoms not...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 16, 2012

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    Anyone else suffering from sad

    and what do you do about it other than go on holiday to somewhere sunny?
    stefanv stefanv 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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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 anyone knows that any parent doesn't like continuous "slacking off". I used to love winter and hate summer but all I want now is some...
    Hokkaido1 Hokkaido1 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2013

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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 all the time!   I guess I got a summer version of  sad
    aquarius3 aquarius3 66-70 Jan 5, 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 vitamin d and seen real improvement?
    kmart1600 kmart1600 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2013

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    Everyone is posting about Fall

    and Winter... But is there anyone here who gets the spring time blues like me? I get depressed from the end of Feb when it starts getting sunnier and am pretty much a mess until mid-July or August. I cheer up in October and love November, December and January. I live on the west...
    SeaOfMonsters SeaOfMonsters 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 25, 2015

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    I have been diagnosed with seasonal affective

    disorder, I experience feelings of sadness, wanting to cry/actually crying. My worst months are from November-March. In the months of April-October, I'm a totally different person, different mood, a lot more energy, motivation to do things.
    findingfae findingfae 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2015

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    I'm pretty sure this is one of my many

    afflictions and I'm not sure how much more of this perpetual gloom I can take, although one thing I do know, if Iceland was my home, I wouldn't last their winter.
    guriinii guriinii 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    The last three years has just become more

    and more difficult for it. Last winter I got on some medicine but it was very difficult to come off. The winter before last, I almost didn't make it out of. The depression is so severe. I don't know what to do. I have already noticed that it's setting in. I already want to curl...
    heatherxx heatherxx 22-25, F Oct 19, 2015

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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 to come alive.  I have not been diagnosed by a professional with seasonal affective disorder but I do know...
    tatteredwings tatteredwings 36-40 6 Responses Jun 15, 2009

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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 could sleep 20 hours a day.  I overeat and don't feel like doing anything  including hobbies.  I am irritable and...
    kab164 kab164 46-50 1 Response Jan 1, 2011

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