seasonal affective disorder

Amanda - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I am looking for anyone else that has/is suffering from S.A.D. I have been trying to find my way through this, I have been looking into fish oil and vitamen D supplements, anyone else have any suggestions?

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Aira - posted on 09/25/2012

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Get a lightbox or lamp, take high potency multi-vitamins, exercise and yes, take the fish oil. Try that for a month. If you can afford it, take a week off and go South, somewhere warm and sunny and see if that helps. As well, in the winter months, we seem to want to eat more carbs. Some people have food intolerances they don't know about. A carb or wheat intolerance can affect your mood. I'd say watch what you are eating when the seasons change as well. Eliminate foods mentioned above and after three to four weeks reintroduce the food(s) and evaluate how you feel physically and emotionally for the next 24 hours.



Good luck with this.

Melissa - posted on 10/06/2009

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i use to have this and i believe the majority of people have this in the northern states, because its cloudy alot or not much sunshine. it causes depression. I didn't have a lamp to help me but my mom did and she sat under it for 15 minutes a day and she was very bubbly, but when she didn't go under the lamp, she would get so depressed that she wouldn't talk to no one, just lay on the couch all day and do nothing.

My doctor perscribed lexapro for the depression and i also went to the gym and sat in the dry room, the dry room really helped me, but when i didn't go to the gym i was depressed and would sleep, just sleep.

now i am fortunate that i don't have to worry about it, i moved to florida and my doctor told me that is the best thing for me. and she was right, its never an issue anymore. my suggestion, take your vitamins-multi and get in light, natural or even your house lamps, and get some exercise to stimulate the brians chemo's. this should help, its what helped me.

Jassica - posted on 10/01/2009

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Fish oil, especially Cod Liver Oil, could be very beneficial. I would recommend the Fermented Cod Liver Oil here.
http://www.greenpasture.org/retail/?t=pr...

It has a very high ratio of vitamin D to the amount of oil you take. Also, it has not been heated (which can destroy nutrients or make the oils rancid). It has not been treated with chemicals like other oils. It also contains vitamin A, a range of Quinones, and natural Vitamin E in the form of cranberry oil as the only preservative (keeps the oil from going rancid). All of the vitamins are natural and not synthetic as in many Cod Liver oils. The Vitamin D should help with your mood and is beneficial for many other things as well. It's a bit expensive, but goes a long way, and well worth the money if it makes you feel better!

I really hope you find something that helps!

Deb - posted on 10/01/2009

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I believe I use to suffer from S.A.D. The past couple of years I have had a few sessions in a tanning bed and I believe it has helped me tremendously.

Shannon - posted on 10/01/2009

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My husband is military and we were stationed in North Dakota for 8 year... Yes i had SAD! I was advised to tan. Believe it or not it worked! Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hey there, Amanda! Don't lose hope! I experienced SAD when we first moved to Alaska and was faced with crazy daylight/nighttime shifts. Know this - it is temporary, common, and something you can beat.



I was warned about it before we moved to Anchorage and I was advised to find a winter sport, or some NEW hobby or interest. I took up skiing. Most places had lights. My first winter was tough, tough, tough! But, knowing what it was took some of the mystery and guilt out of it. Good for you for identifying it and for reaching out. I applaud you!



As far as getting back to your old self goes, I think consulting your family doctor couldn't hurt. Only you can know if a simple adjustment in your routine (like getting outside more) could make the difference or if meds are the way to go. I'm no pro, just a mom who feels your pain. Best wishes!!!!!!!

Keli - posted on 09/30/2009

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Check out Life Extension products, I work for a nutritionist and they are teh best supplements out there! Fish oil is very good and the Vit D is 1000mg and good deals if you buy in bulk. Good luck

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this is such an intresting post that for the first time i am responding! I live in northern Ontario(Canada), well central really i guess. I get SAD the worst in late winter, feburary to april. but too many cloudy days will bring it on too. I have never tried the lamps, money i just don't want to "waste".

However i do meditate, in a way. I use Tarot cards, and sometimes Rune stones. the rune stones are best, as they give you something directly to work on. For instance they may suggest the need to stop neglecting the little everyday things that make you happy. then suggest putting more time into these things. in other words figure out what gives you stamina, a little me time stolen during nap/school? or a bath after bedtime?

I have two children, 8 and 6. with the 6 yr old being severly speech delayed, and behind in fine motor skills. i am a single ma. i have a great support system. however, when i'm "down" not even my childrens smiles and pleas will pull me out. so i am honest with them, i tell them that i don't feel well. i just need some time to myself. they have learned to understand, (even if they don't always get it) and after a little peace i feel guilty. so i pick something i'm up for that they will enjoy( in our case any Wii game) and I, to my confoundation, find my spirits lifting.

perhaps, if you have already determined with your doctor that you do not need meds, then you should first find time for yourself (however short) and then make time for your family. If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! Am i right? too often we feel guilty for taking time out, when it could very well be the best thing we give back to our families! lots of luck! jodi

Shelby - posted on 09/30/2009

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I live in ohio too and had seasonal disorder. I would suggest getting reveal light bulbs they areor keep the room your in well lite. I have even did a minute or two of sun tanning a couple times a week during our cloudy days not to tan but get uv rays it does help.

Leah - posted on 09/30/2009

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I have had SAD for as long as I can remember. The only thing that really works for me is light therapy. I have a full size light box for at home and recently bought a Verilux Happy Light Junior for at work which is half strength. I can't stress the importance of light therapy enough--it saved my life!! Do some research before buying. Not all lamps are created equal and you need to have a 10,000 lux lamp to get a truly therapeutic dose. Good luck to you!!

Leeann - posted on 09/30/2009

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My husband is military, and we recently moved to Norther Japan. We got here in late May, and it was the rainy season. I didnt see the sun for about 1 1/2 mo, and still have only maybe had about 3 weeks of random days where the sun is really shining. Now Im hearing the snow is going to start in about a month, and doesnt end till late March... what im getting at is THANX for posting this question!!! I hope all the answers will help me out!!! Keep fighting the good fight LOL!! Hopefully we can both beat this!!

Nicole - posted on 09/30/2009

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I am also from Ohio and I use a light box and it works wonders. I usually don't need it until late October to early November. I couldn't make it through winter without it.

Charlotte - posted on 09/30/2009

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Doctors often prescribe light therapy to treat SAD. There are two types of light therapy:

* Bright light treatment. For this treatment, you sit in front of a "light box" for half an hour or longer, usually in the morning.
* Dawn simulation. For this treatment, a dim light goes on in the morning while you sleep, and it gets brighter over time, like a sunrise.

Light therapy works well for most people with SAD, and it is easy to use. You may start to feel better within a week or so after you start light therapy. But you need to stick with it and use it every day until the season changes. If you don't, your depression could come back. http://health.yahoo.com/depression-overv...

Bev - posted on 09/30/2009

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I have this as well. I try to get as much sunlight, and vitamin D as possible. I really sympathize!

Elisa - posted on 09/30/2009

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Another over the counter supplement is St. John's Wort, which treats mild depression. Also, Vitamin B supplements help. If none of these work after about a week or two, consult a doctor for a low dose of medical antidepressants like Lexapro to get you through the winter. You're not alone!

Sharon - posted on 09/30/2009

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Try the lamps. Ott lights - I got ott lamps for each of the kids rooms, I put "natural" sunlight bulbs for my kitchen. I have a huge 4 ft 4 bulb florescent fixture in my kitchen - its crazy how it makes a difference!

Amanda - posted on 09/30/2009

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it is def not ppd, I have struggled with this for a few years now, always feel better during spring/ summer. I try to get as much nat. sunlight as I can since that is the best way to get the vit.d that I need but my problem is that I live in Ohio, it is not even Oct. yet and we are expecting frost tonight, I just cant get out as often as I should with a 6,4 y.o. and 7 month old, I was thinking of getting one of those spectrum lights for my house.

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2009

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Sunlight. Get more natural sunlight. Sunlight helps your body absorb the vitamin d.



How do you know you have SAD and not PPD or something else?

Amanda - posted on 09/29/2009

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mine doesnt seem to be as bad as your friends [thank goodness lol :)] I havent thrown anything at anyone, I just get really depressed, I am definatly not as good a mom to my three kiddoes as I could be since I feel so down, depressed, and sad

Cathy - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

seasonal affective disorder

I am looking for anyone else that has/is suffering from S.A.D. I have been trying to find my way through this, I have been looking into fish oil and vitamen D supplements, anyone else have any suggestions?



yes...know u don't want too here it but y're doc can help ! had a friend w this.....thank god he helped..maybe ur not into perscriptions but let me tell u they help ! she was a total.B......AS FAR AS THROWING THINGS AT PEOPLE...see ur doc !

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