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SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

Discussion in 'Holiday Health, Fitness & Nutrition' started by xmastidings, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. xmastidings

    xmastidings Santa's Mentor MMC Lifer MMC Donor

    SAD - I learned something about this last night about it, The Christmas blues, being SAD about taking the decorations down, going thru a long winter,'s all very true and it really does exist! Read below:

    Recurrent Winter Depression Could Be a Sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    The blues are an unfortunate part of the holiday season for many people. Some individuals suffer from depression more acutely during this time of year due to the pain of lost loved ones or from the stress and pressure that Christmas can bring. Others, however, can find no obvious cause for their low mood, or for the reason that their mood seems to lift as soon as the weather warms and the snow melts away.

    Individuals who experience these recurrent depressive episodes often show a seasonal pattern, commonly known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Individuals with this subtype of mood disorder appear to be responsive to the total quantity of available light in the environment, with a majority of them becoming depressed in the fall and winter when less natural sunlight is available. Features of SAD include fatigue, excessive sleep, craving for carbohydrates, and weight gain, and individuals with this disorder often show clear disturbances in their circadian cycles, with weaker 24-hour patterns than normal individuals.

    Although the cause of seasonal affective disorder is not clear, one possibility is that seasonal changes in light may alter the body's underlying biological rhythms that regulate such processes as body temperature and sleep-wake cycles. Another possibility is that some parts of the central nervous system may have deficiencies in transmission of the mood-regulating neurotransmitter, serotonin, during winter months.

    SAD develops in women more often than men, and nearly half of those affected report that episodes began during childhood or adolescence. Prevalence rates for seasonal affective disorder suggest that winter SAD is more common in individuals living at higher latitudes (northern climates) and in younger people. Seasonal affective disorder can, and sometimes does, cause depression during the summer months as well.

    A trial of intense light therapy, called phototherapy, often helps relieve depression. Phototherapy typically consists of exposure to 2 -3 hours of artificial light a day. The artificial light apparently supplements the low amount of sunlight the individual otherwise receives. Phototherapy does not help all individuals with SAD, especially those who are more severely affected. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed to treat more severe episodes of SAD, and are often even more effective if treatment is started prior to the onset of expected symptoms.

    If you experience episodes of depression that seem to cycle with the seasons, you should consult your doctor about being evaluated for seasonal affective disorder. You do not need to suffer though the holiday season. Help is available.
  2. HomemakinGirl

    HomemakinGirl Christmas Diety MMC Lifer

    This is interesting, thanks for sharing!
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  3. whychristmas

    whychristmas Webmaster Partner, <a href="http://www.whychristma Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Partner

    I know several people SAD and I get it somewhat myself.

    I've got a 'lightbox' which I use on dull morning over breakfast to help wake me up and give me a Vit D boost.
  4. Christmas-A-Holic

    Christmas-A-Holic MMC Goodwill Ambassador Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor

    I have looked into buying one of those. I do not suffer from SAD but I know there are days that I am not getting enough natural sunlight and vitamin D from the sun therefor I feel a little sluggish. Does it seem to help you?
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  5. whychristmas

    whychristmas Webmaster Partner, <a href="http://www.whychristma Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Partner

  6. Rowan

    Rowan Merry Forums Newbie MMC Member

    I feel like the magick is lost once the gifts are opened and the tree is taken down, but never the spirit of the season

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  7. Storeytime

    Storeytime Santa's Sleigh Designer Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa

    That is all very true. Some of us have the blues though just because the most wonderful time of the year has come and is now over. I tend to have some clinical depression from time to time anyway, so it is even harder for me. I have had the post Christmas blues since I was a kid.

    This forum has helped me a lot; just to be able to connect with other Christmas junkies and to have a place to hang out after the magic is over for the year. We all have to create our own magic everyday but it is so nice when most of the rest of the world is in that same spirit and then suddenly, it comes to an end.
    SnowflakeMom likes this.

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