Are you S.A.D. today?


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same time every year.

If you're like most affected people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

Real or Perceived?

So - Are you SAD - today?

Mental Health
Dr. David E. M
36 months ago

4 answers


Just few symptoms, but no I am not S.A.D. today. Vitamin D to face the lack of exposure to the sun helps. Then I love snow, so today was snowing and this makes me happy :-)

Paolo Beffagnotti
36 months ago
I am H.A.P.P.Y. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago

My mood is lifted when the sun is shining and the days lengthen, but fortunately I do not get significantly SAD in the winter.

Stephen Meyers
36 months ago
Good news. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago

I lived in Michigan growing up and remember many SAD days when the weather was cloudy, cold and depressing. Definitely affected my mood and I remember many depressed moments. Then moved to Southern California and lived there for many years and felt very positive and energetic, happy. Currently live in Texas but told my wife (who is from Michigan) I will only live in southern, warm and sunny states. With all the current cold weather nationwide, SAD is definitely a consideration that needs to be understood and dealt with.

Roy Vartabedian, DrPH, MPH
36 months ago
My in-laws are from the Upper Pen; understand. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago
:-) - Roy 36 months ago
Also in Finland - cold and dark 6 months/year. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago

The light boxes that emit 10K LUX of light, with minimal UV emission, are ideal for SAD, in combination with SSRIs. Anyone prescribe them?

Sam Grief
36 months ago
Pretty standard stuff. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago
I use a sunlight lamp in my office for that reason. - Roy 36 months ago
Good idea! Do you use it all year round or just in winter months? - Sam 36 months ago
Alcoholism and depression run rampant in Finland, Sweden, Rusia, etc. - Dr. David E. 36 months ago
Year-round. Probably only benefits in winter months since we get tons of sunlight in Texas otherwise. But staying indoors a lot can be a problem even if sunny outside (staying indoors -air conditioned - when hot outside). - Roy 36 months ago
Good point, David... - Roy 36 months ago
Many folks even come to Florida during the winter - Dr. David E. 36 months ago
Makes sense! People are instictively curing themselves from depression! - Roy 36 months ago
Agree - it is a well known issue - Dr. David E. 36 months ago

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