<font color Midnightblue>SAD</>  

AmberSolaire 43M
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10/18/2005 11:30 am

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<font color Midnightblue>SAD</>

As the nights draw in and the chill airs wrap constrictor like around our homes the lure of staying in bed and indoors can seem ever more tempting.There no longer seems so much to go out for in the dark world outside our windows.Work becomes more tedious and life in general more of an effort.

Does this sound familiar?Do you feel this way from around Sept onwards? Then you might just be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Some people suffer from symptoms of depression during the winter months, with symptoms subsiding during the spring and summer months. This may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a mood disorder associated with depression episodes and related to seasonal variations of light.


SAD was first noted before 1845, but was not officially named until the early 1980’s. As sunlight has affected the seasonal activities of animals (i.e., reproductive cycles and hibernation), SAD may be an effect of this seasonal light variation in humans. As seasons change, there is a shift in our “biological internal clocks” or circadian rhythm, due partly to these changes in sunlight patterns. This can cause our biological clocks to be out of “step” with our daily schedules. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers are January and February, and younger persons and women are at higher risk.


Symptoms Include:
regularly occurring symptoms of depression (excessive eating and sleeping, weight gain) during the fall or winter months.
full remission from depression occur in the spring and summer months.
symptoms have occurred in the past two years, with no nonseasonal depression episodes.
seasonal episodes substantially outnumber nonseasonal depression episodes.
a craving for sugary and/or starchy foods.
Possible Cause of this Disorder
Melatonin, a sleep-related hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, has been linked to SAD. This hormone, which may cause symptoms of depression, is produced at increased levels in the dark. Therefore, when the days are shorter and darker the production of this hormone increases.

Treatments
Phototherapy or bright light therapy has been shown to suppress the brain’s secretion of melatonin. Although, there have been no research findings to definitely link this therapy with an antidepressant effect, many people respond to this treatment. The device most often used today is a bank of white fluorescent lights on a metal reflector and shield with a plastic screen. For mild symptoms, spending time outdoors during the day or arranging homes and workplaces to receive more sunlight may be helpful. One study found that an hour’s walk in winter sunlight was as effective as two and a half hours under bright artificial light.

If phototherapy doesn’t work, an antidepressant drug may prove effective in reducing or eliminating SAD symptoms, but there may be unwanted side effects to consider. Discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your family doctor and/or mental health professional.

It isnt always you having the "winter blues" and if recognised something can be done about it.


anchcpl4fun 41M/45F

10/19/2005 4:13 am

try living in Alaska, its very well known up here, ppl have the lights in at least one fixture up here usually


redlipsprincess
(Princess Lips)
52F

10/19/2005 8:45 am

and if that doesn't work, take a hottie or 2 on vacation to somewhere tropical when you win the lottery...

TTFN


AmberSolaire 43M

10/19/2005 4:24 pm

Would I do that Katey? Its even harder considering I am that patient.lol.

Candy Ive been busy stripping it takes a lot out of you.Ive got quite a busy weekend coming up too but I will try and make one of the chat sessions.Shall I put my clothes back on first?

To tell the truth Jez I suffer mildly from it myself, well at least until theres snow then Im like a little kid and off to ski , board and make snowmen.lol

I will pass on that unless of coarse thats an offer to show me the sights anchcpl.

Redlips I like your thinking now shall I win the lottery or do you want too?




AmberSolaire 43M

10/19/2005 9:42 pm

Well the cats out of the bag and shagging the neighbours tom now katey...what have I done.Quick saddle up the trike , lets get outta town.lol


tillerbabe 57F

10/19/2005 11:03 pm

Well, FUCKMERUNNING! THAT's my problem!!! Sheesh..of to the tanning booth!


anchcpl4fun 41M/45F

10/20/2005 10:36 am

Comeone up. I will be sure to show you the sights.


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