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SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. And other aggravations that are "seasonal".

Updated on June 8, 2014

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Eclipse of the heart?
Eclipse of the heart? | Source

SADS. Seasonal Adjustment Disorder Syndrome.

I will give you a link about some technical/medical stuff on SADS but let us just chat about paying attention to our bodies. The Sun and the Moon have effects on our mental health. They just do. SADS, Seasonal Adjustment Disorder Syndrome is not only tied to savings time matters.

Let us start with the Sun. We (earth) rotate around it. That means it has such a huge pull on the earth as to make the earth stay in a constant pattern circling the Sun. Now just think on that. Think of this also. The earth and our bodies a in large part made up of the same stuff.

Just think of water making up the most of us. And the earths surface being about 70+% water and then go into iron and other stuff. Now think of the Sun's pull on earth and realize it also pulls on you.

If you are still dubious, look how far these folks went to get more sunshine:

Now the moon. We all should know what tides are. The Moon rotates around the earth because of the earths pull on the moon. The moon also has a pull on earth, although only really noticeable in the 70+% of the earth being covered with water. And again notice that we are mostly made up of water. If entire oceans rise and fall with the moon what do you think your little body does?

Well to say, just on a physical level, that the Moon and Sun have no effect on us would just be silly.

Interesting song with a different meaning here.

S.A.D. is a very good acronym.

Some how the syndrome works its way into a sadness. Kind of a melancholy state. At least in the Autumn turning to winter with less sun. I have been hit by ads this week about coming home in the dark. Our clocks turned back on early Sunday morning and many people are discombobulated with the change. Just kind of a strange feeling that everything is not calm.

I think most people will agree it is just a little nagging sad feeling. But of course there is more to it than that.

Now I provide two links below here. They are decent and classic. I mean classic by classic medical stuff, weakened by a need to cover ones' derriere and not be medical advice they could get sued for. But the important part here is two-fold: 1. to note that it is a real condition and not just silly talk. 2. That it is medical speak. One time I was playing rough with my big brother. Somehow a bicycle seat got airborne and literally sliced off my ear. It was still connected but I could pull it far enough to see it. In that visit the doctor put down in my chart that I was suffering from "mild discomfort" --- what an idiot. It hurt like hell. So in this case when they say mild it means really bothersome.

Here is a funny truth - maybe

People that live where it snows a lot have less inclination to suffer from it.
People that live where it snows a lot have less inclination to suffer from it. | Source

Let us talk about cure.

Psycho therapy and medications if it is troublesome and reaches a clinical degree of depression. That is just a fact. Sorry. It is in fact a disease that can become disabling and need medical intervention. Check on each other. It is time to check in on friends and family anyhow. Make an extra effort with those you intuitively worry about in such matters.

Oops, I was going to save that "cure" for later. But the cat is out of the bag no way to get it back in. Yes, getting outside of your self and helping others is one of the most trusted and time honored remedies for any depression. It just plain works the bestest.

Do not stay indoors during the day. Get out of the office or home during daylight hours. Just for fun if you work in a big office start smoking. Those folks that walk down a flight of stairs to go outside to smoke are getting their daylight. Those who hang out in the break room munching on granola are not. hihihi that is just for fun but it has some truth.

Do not eat to cure this problem. Bad stuff there can happen. However with that said, eat to cure the problem. Fresh sunshiny fruit. Nowadays we can still get it in winter. Yes I know it is not perfect and all the shipping issues but it is still good for these "blues".

Talk about it. Confess it. Know it and own it. It is your body and feelings. But sharing it helps combat it.

Are you a little blue these days

Do you think you are immune from this disorder.

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Some aggravations with it to notice and not dwell on.

I do not like to drive home in the dark.

I get up before dawn almost everyday. So that does not change much for me. But now my wife and son get up much earlier and butt into my me time.

I do not have the time always to hike because of the shorter days.

Other people are effected by the change so I have to pay more attention.

I have to be more careful with my lighting in the winter because I am not young anymore and I need it to see more clearly.

My roses love this time of year but not so much my other plants.

Bottom Line

Hey it is always a season of change. Go with it. Do a little bit more hugging of others and yourself. Reach down and then out to more people. The energy you may lose from the darkness is energy you can gain and give to others. Spread the love this time of year. And every time of change.

If you are inclined to be grumpy during the holidays and do not like all the spiritualism attached, you are in luck. Because Dr. Dierker is ordering and prescribing more jolly and happy. So you do not have to do it for the glad tidings, just for your health.

Now go out there and be healthy.

This one has trouble with the seasons of "take a nap"

Eat fruit all year long, it helps.
Eat fruit all year long, it helps. | Source

Act right people

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is really interesting how personal it is. I ponder the "Ides of March" and the "dog days of summer". Just thoughts. I truly think you are very normal. Several people have told me that summer is the SAD time. I was going to go back and make that "adjustment" to correct it to "Affective". But I just kind of like it better my way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like your point. It is a very important point thank you. I suppose I took a leap over that. To me, I only see the causal connection as one we allow. But even being aware it can still work it's way in.

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      It's funny, when I used to live in Pacifica, CA, a suburb of San Francisco, known for its chilly, foggy summers, I used to suffer from "Seasonal Affective Disorder," ( , in the summer, not the winter.

      I don't get that so much in the winter, although I do hate the short days, but I used to get really depressed that it was foggy and nasty in the summer, when you are supposed to be able to go outside and play.

      The weather is supposed to be nasty in winter; I expect that. But in summer, that was depressing. It is the main reason I moved to where I live now, so I have real summers with warm to hot weather.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      4 years ago from Isle of Man

      When you talk about the planets physically effecting on our bodies but then saying... "Some how the syndrome works its way into a sadness." seems to overlook a vital connection between the condition and the associated emotions. Otherwise a very interesting read.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Eddy

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Eric; very informative and leaves much food f0or thought.

      Great read and voting up.


    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Faith. I live in a place called White River Junction for a winter. The locals that year claimed we went 180 days without sunshine. It sure did feel like it.

      But the fact is that I am a skier and loved it. hihihihi

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my, Eric, we went from happy smiling yesterday to S.A.D. today ... Insightful and useful hub here for this time of year, and I have heard of this, and it can take its toll on someone if they are not mindful to follow your great advice here. I am one who is now driving home in the dark due to the time change, and it is a bit of a downer, as I miss seeing the beautiful scenery of His creation. Plus, it feels like there is not as much time to do what one needs to do, although that is really not the case. I am going to start going out on my lunch and two breaks during those beautiful sunny days, as that will help get that good Vitamin D naturally for sure!

      I do not mind the winter months, except for when it is cold and rainy out. Those days are so dreary for sure.

      Love your photos.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs and love to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      TFP I understand that us folks in North America in the non-snowy areas seem to get it worse. Thanks for being a big tough guy and sharing that.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, I do pick up my things to do with people in this time of year. I will now tell stories to children and or teach at least five days a wee, I need it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right On Marlene. Mine is to get up before and be outside for the sunrise. If I miss that --- grrrr. But you guys up north have a lot more cloudy.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Sparklea, My mom really liked the winter much more --- her deal was allergies. It actually is very nice here in the SW desert because it is greener and we get reasonable rains. And there is definitely an amplification of empty nest syndrome also.

      Thanks a bunch for sending me some happy today.

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I just have learned to live with it as I sure don;t have the ability to change it. It does that for itself.


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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I know that I am affected by the change in the seasons, and the days getting darker. Like you said, though, I am finding that as I get older, I need more friends. With most of my family grown and gone, I try to get out and be sociable with others to ward off the depression. Helping others is a big part of my therapy.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      I use to wake up grumpy every morning. But, now I open the shades in the "wee" hours, fall back to sleep and then let the sun wake me up later. Some days are cloudy, so I'm not as happy when I wake up. But, I have found that if I get enough sun in my system before I wake up I'm not as SAD. :)

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      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent hub, as always, very informative, and true. For myself, a lot of it is perception; how I PERCEIVE. I love winter, one of my favorite seasons. Maybe because I can't stand the sound of lawn mowers in the summer :)...but my early morning walks are so still and calm here in Upstate New York. The empty trees are taking a rest, and soft falling snow is wonderful. The one thing that I find to be a drag and the WORST days are chilling damp days with it raining non-stop. Especially driving in it. I have found in my lifetime that if I am upset about something, the dark gloomy weather does magnify those feelings. Whether or not that is under the label of SADS I don't know. But you hit the nail on the head by suggesting to get out of the house. I camp at Barnes & Noble...LOVE to read and write. And, of course, as you emphasize, do for others which is a wonderful way to get your mind off how you are feeling. Voted up, useful awesome and interesting. Blessings, Sparklea :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian, I took it upon myself to ask everyone I met, a few years back. The results were astounding. Everyone!!

      Now admittedly I was focusing on just a little. And I was phrasing questions to "suggest" an answer.

      I remember two guys who said no. But they both admitted that because others around them clearly suffered it effected them also. Interesting but not surprising.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Hi, Eric. Very well put together hub on a subject that I know ALL about. That seasonal depression thing is no joke! I spent almost my whole life in Wisconsin. Nice state, but damn depressing in the winter. My wife and I just couldn't take it anymore, so we moved some place sunny. I had no idea you guys out there in sunny California went through that stuff too. All jokes aside, I wonder how many people suffer from this and think it's just them?

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathryn wow you are astute! During research I kept finding the clinical term. And so here I mixed it up. They also do not use syndrome.

      But in the travels for info I found that S.A.D.S. is more often associated with the cousin of SIDS. And I think I will study those two.

      Thanks much

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I am sorry but I got a little depressed reading about small town America Pe Ell this morning. But you comment picked me back up. Thanks

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      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have always heard it referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder. But adjustment actually makes more sense.

      I suffer from this to an extent, especially in the past. But once I realized what caused it, I did what I could to combat it, and can usually make myself feel better by taking some of these tips you have provided.

      I love your take on this, and the information you provided. And I love the "prescription" of more jolly and happy! That is awesome.

      Okay, I think you can be my primary doctor. LOL. At least as far as your great advice.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

      Voted up and across, and sharing.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are a lot of SADS people in western Washington. As the rain gently falls this morning I'm thinking this is the perfect hub of the day.

      Blessings today my friend


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