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Seasonal Affective Disorder HELP - SAD Disorder

Updated on July 16, 2015

Hope & Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder

I would like to share with you some of the things that helped me and others deal with Seasonal Affecitve Disorder. SAD Disorder can be difficult to diagnosed as you need to watch for a cycle that happens every year around the same time of the year.

For some, Seasonal Depression begins as early as October and can last into the Spring yet others may suffer for a couple of months, January and February.

You begin to dread the coming seasons, even as early as August and September because you know how difficult the next few or several months will be. I hope my experiences will help you. Hope and Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seeing a doctor who is VERY familiar with the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder is important to make sure you are not suffering from another medical condition.

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Pet or House Sitting was a tremendous help for me during the winter months. If you do a great job and are a trusted person, you might even be asked to come back. The California couple I helped not only asked me to come back, this time to offered to pay for my plane ticket because it was worth it to them not to have to search for another person and hope they would find someone trustworthy and who would love and care for their pets.

I loved the experience and I highly recommend it to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I can only imagine people in the far North of Canada, or Norway & Sweden where the shift of daylight hours is even more dramatic. It must be tough.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @soaringsis: Keep an eye on your condition. Vitamins and Light Therapy helps a good percentage of people. Going on vacation or doggy sitting will give you a big boost. See a good doctor who understands SAD.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @BLemley: I would search on the computer for where I was going to move just to help me get through those tough dark days. Vitamins and Light boxes can help some people deal with it. Exercising in the sunshine is so important too, if you can find the sun.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      What a challenging disorder! I'm glad it can be cured by sunshine, that's nice, but it can be challenging for those folks up north that are affected by it, for sure, when there is not much sunshine for much of the year. We think my hubby's grandmother suffered from it, as they lived in Ohio, and she was really stressed during the winter months. Thank you for the great info and help in understanding what SAD is, and how it affects folks. B : )

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i am not depressive during winter.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I was effected by the seasons.I just struggle through them now. I also know the effects of light and no light.I did know there was a name for this.Your lens is very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      ClinicallySigni 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love all the natural and non-invasive approaches you've covered. Nicely done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yep, the seasons do effect us when there is no sunshine.

      Then, we have winter when its just too cold here. :)

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      @jolou: I have heard that the Pacific Coast can be very gloomy but gorgeous too. I loved Wisconsin but I also needed the sunshine.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I have this problem to some extent. Living at the Pacific coast we don't see a lot of sun between November and March. Good advice here.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Great information for people suffering from SADS. Even though I do what you have suggested as far as food and vitamin supplements, nothing really helps me except getting into a sunny climate. This year I went to Arizona for 5 weeks and that really is the ticket. Fortunately, this year in New York the winter has been very mild with lots of sunshine so I haven't suffered as bad as usual.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you KathyT for reading my lens. This lens is so important to me because I know the suffering you go through with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

      I wrote about going South in the winter inexpensively here: http://saddisorder.org/sad-posts-by-little-linda-p...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      My husband is certain that I suffer from SAD... He says I would get "mopey" by February. :) So, because we are self-employed, and work on the computer, we started going south in the winter - and if that just didn't take care of it! First of all, we get 1 hour more light in the south than home in New Hampshire, and then it's SUNNY here a lot! Versus New Hampshire where it just is pretty darned dreary in the winter. I'm content! :) *Blessed*

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you flicker for letting everyone know the light box is helping you. It seems like trying a light box is worth it for the percentage of people it helps (I read it helps about 80% of people with SAD).

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I especially like Vitamin D and a liquid or powder form of B Vitamins too. I am so happy for you that you didn't need your SAD light yet, and it is January.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the useful tips. I have a light box, which I find very helpful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I take B12 and Vitamin D every day, unless I forget, and I take it all year. I have used a litebook for many years and have not had to use it this year yet :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I'm sorry you have bween dealing with this for so long, but am pleased that you are doing something about getting help.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      SAD is hard on family members of the person who has it, too. Thanks for some good recommendations on dealing with SAD. Blessings.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      important topic.sad is more commonly seen in people who live at high latitudes (farther north or south of the equator), where seasonal changes are more extreme. fortunately i am very near to the equator. thanks for sharing your experience. nice article and an informative lens. ~blessed~