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I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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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 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 21, 2013

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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 Chicagoans willing to share their own experiences in my article. There are a few postings here that suggest some of you have...
    alexia alexia 26-30, F Dec 26, 2007

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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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    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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    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 come home to. This year is going to be a rough one. It's the first time in 21 years that I get to sit and be...
    Massconfusion Massconfusion 36-40, M 3 Responses Nov 1, 2009

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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 being uncommon in people under twenty but I know what this is. I have done a lot of research, i have talked to a lot of doctors. My mom...
    jameelynn jameelynn 19-21, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2007

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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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    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 September I heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder and thought it sounded quite like how I felt last year. I decided to see how this...
    Kari93 Kari93 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2011

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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 back home, where my body aches and it hurts to breathe. My move happened in late September, and September and October were...
    MzAliceFaye MzAliceFaye 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2012

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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 difficult. As long as I know that the sun will rise in a few minutes and I see dawn in the morning everything turns to...
    N0B0DYSWIFE N0B0DYSWIFE 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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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 this year, I will have to see a doctor about some antidepressants. I totally do NOT want to go on them. But I may have to...
    caramelappledreams caramelappledreams 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    New England Winters Are The Worst.

     Nothing but that dull cloudy sky for months and months. My house is cold. My school is cold. Outside is cold. And it is dark. It is dark on my way to school and dark shortly after I get home from school. I can't even enjoy that faint glow of sun through the never ending...
    pillowhugger pillowhugger 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 28, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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 length of daylight, I mean to the minute I notice the change, does anyone else have this?
    mike52 mike52 51-55 Jul 5, 2008

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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

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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 start to go into a downward spiral. It's like I cannot enjoy the last of the summer sun because I am constantly dreading the...
    Patronusmagic Patronusmagic 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 26, 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. Should I tell them? And it's not at the usual times, for me I get depressed and, frankly, scared about going back to...
    somuchtosee somuchtosee 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 10, 2011

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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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    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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    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 just took a friends advice and went to www.wintershelper.com. This company has made a multivitamin to help ease the...
    Newmember2012 Newmember2012 31-35 Oct 20, 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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    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 hopeful. I always used to get moody and sad once the leaves started to fall, but after a few weeks I'd adapt and it...
    TheRealJade TheRealJade 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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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 therapist thinks i have SAD or some kind of bipolar disorder. also we've ben talking about Eddy. he's this crazy voice i hear from...
    sayonaranow sayonaranow 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 31, 2012

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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 not physically been able to enjoy the holiday season. The depression starts around mid-October and usually ends...
    youngwildfree92 youngwildfree92 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2012

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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. We see less Sunshine and more darkness during the day. It gets darker earlier, and it affects us. I'm a fan of social...
    CanBeBetter CanBeBetter 41-45, M Nov 4, 2012

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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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    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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    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 61-65 Jan 5, 2013

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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 tablets from mind1st.com what help me, also eating well and doing loads of excercise. This all has kept the...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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 of work; afraid to go outside; house-bound; resent getting out of bed in the morning. Unmotivated. Melancholy. Overeating starchy...
    RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F Dec 30, 2008

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    Do I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder??

    hi over the last year or so i have had ocd, long story. I never went to the doctors so I never got treatment. I just stuck with it, it affected the way I walked, restricted me from looking at stuff and caused me to touch the hot rings on the cooker repeatedly. but last year...
    oneglove oneglove 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2010

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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 sometimes. But I just keep fighting it and doing what I can.
    smilingthroughthepain smilingthroughthepain 18-21 6 Responses Nov 17, 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 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 8

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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...
    aloserlikeme aloserlikeme 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

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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 do. But anyways, I'm usually a perfectly happy individual for all three months of summer. But once the days get shorter and darker...
    EsotericTrash EsotericTrash 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 31, 2009

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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 36-40, M 13 Responses Sep 20, 2011

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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 Dec 14, 2013

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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 winter can really have a sledgehammer effect on me psychologically speaking. So why did I not notice this during the Dark...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 26, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 do will help it or make any difference whatsoever. Also this past week I have been getting emotional now and again over...
    elmoomoo elmoomoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 10, 2012

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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 about losing energy, wanting to sleep through the days, and feeling heavy...sometimes I think I'm a bear in need of...
    siren1971 siren1971 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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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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    Either I am suffering from SAD,

    or I'm near a full blown depression again.. I have some reason to believe it's the first. About 8 years ago I went through a heavy depression. Even though I (thankfully) haven't had the experience again I have felt very near depression at times when I would be feeling down for...
    Jemoeder Jemoeder 26-30 5 days ago

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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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    Related Experiences

    I have Sensory processing disorder,ADHD, OCD, and Tourretes yet I honestly don't think that they stops from doing the same things other people do. I just wish everyone around me...
    bfab1998 bfab1998 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 9

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