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Seasonal Blues

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Is there anyone here who is effected by seasonal blues or even during bad weather or overcast days?

It's only mid November and I can already tell this winter is going to be hard. I've had this problem my whole life, even when I was a child. I try to get as much as sunlight as possible. I force myself to go out and be with other people. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving & Christmas because it keeps me busy.

What is your way of dealing with it?

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Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD?

I catch a lot of flak for my feelings about the topic of depression in general, because while I acknowledge that it is real and does exist, I think too many people allow themselves to feel helpless against it.

I'll say it until my last days, the mind is the most powerful thing in the world, it can easily defeat depression and other ills, you just have to put in the effort and believe.

Oh and get lots of vitamin D, both kinds

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Mine is more based on being cooped up for days on end than the dark overcast days.

There will be quite a few days this winter Ill just bundle up in warm cloths and go sit by the fire ring in the back yard with a roaring fire. It gets me outside breathing the fresh air and seems to be all it takes to wipe out some of the winter funk.

And Irish Whiskey. Lots of Irish Whiskey.

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Football offsets the misery of fall/winter/cold weather for me.

Plus I work indoors and go outside as little as possible when it's cold so there's that.

I fuging HATE cold weather, hate it. I'd rather it be 100 and humid than below 50.

It is my understanding that this winter is supposed to be a cold one. Yay.

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When I wake up if can tell if it's going to be a glum day or not. I woke up at 6 this morning and I could feel it before I even got out of bed. I try not to let it affect my mood but I can feel it, it will make my whole body ache. I get up and keep going anyway. Today I'm finishing up the Christmas child boxes and I need to go out and pick up some more things to stuff them full.

The vit d thing is an issue. I have been on prescription doses of it off and on for about 5 years. when I'm not on the Rx dose, I take 4,000 IU/day. If I ever stop taking it, my vit d level will plummet. I also have to take 1600mg calcium daily because it's low as well. It is my understanding that these two things work together and it will cause body aches and depression symptoms if they are low.

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I fuging love winter. I get depressed during the winter now because I live at the fuging lame ass beach and there's not poo to do here in the winter. Ugh.

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Leaving work when it's dark sucks.

Not being able to go to the boat and have beers after work sucks.

Having to wear a jacket sucks.

Our football team sucks.

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I don't mind cold weather until Jan 1. After that, it sucks and I'm ready for spring more than anything.

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while I do live in an area that gets cold and snowy winters, at least the sun shines here lots during the winter. My wife lived on the west coast before we met and she used to hate the winters...4 or 5 months of grey! I'll take the sun and cold over the grey.

get the lights...they are supposed to do wonders...and increase your vitamin D intake, you really can't take too much

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I actually enjoy the shitty weather. Friggin weird.

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Have struggled with depression and the related anixiety disorder most of my adult life. I tried the SSRi s and they werent for me. It really isnt weather dependent for me - what seems to make it worse is an excess of alcohol intake - though at the time of the buzz it feels good, the day or days afterward my moods seem to really take a nose dive. Try to limit your alcohol intake, intake of sweets and carbs, and start working out - nothing makes me feel better than a good workout - it also relieves stress and anxiety - and yes its tough to do when the black dog appears. You have to be proactive with this illness. Nothing makes me feel any more useless and weak than being a slug.

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Have struggled with depression and the related anixiety disorder most of my adult life. I tried the SSRi s and they werent for me. It really isnt weather dependent for me - what seems to make it worse is an excess of alcohol intake - though at the time of the buzz it feels good, the day or days afterward my moods seem to really take a nose dive. Try to limit your alcohol intake, intake of sweets and carbs, and start working out - nothing makes me feel better than a good workout - it also relieves stress and anxiety - and yes its tough to do when the black dog appears. You have to be proactive with this illness. Nothing makes me feel any more useless and weak than being a slug.

To me the workout thing is huge. I workout so much now I think I'm addicted to it... I literally feel bad if I don't go to the gym... even on a planned off day. I feel so much better all of the time now, have more energy, less aches, and am generally in a much better mood. I also don't get sick nearly as much anymore.

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