Well, I am here to tell you that my family suffers with SAD. Yes, that's Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. The lack of sunlight and Vitamin D, saps your energy, makes you feel moody and even depressed. The three men in my life really struggle with this and require medication and light therapy. Not even the joy of the holiday season can help them with this disorder. It's been so bad this year, everyone got full-spectrum light bulbs in their stockings.
Here is a more detailed list of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
So if you are feeling depressed more days than not, consider talking to your doctor about SAD or buying yourself a sunlight lamp. As for me, I think I will curl up with a good book while everyone is struggling with their moods today.
You might want to consider my latest release, Hawk Mountain Heist. They're getting plenty of sunshine on the winter ski slopes in Utah.
Happy Reading and Escaping!
Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs!
Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com