SAD-seasonal Affective Disorder- by Cher’ley


This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

The Indians asked their Chief in the Autumn if the Winter was going to be cold or not.

Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the Winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to prepare.

Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is this winter to be cold?” The man on the phone responded, “This Winter is going to be quite cold indeed.” So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a very cold winter?” “Yes”, the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold Winter.” So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find.

Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: “Are you absolutely sure that the Winter is going to be very cold?” “Absolutely,” the man replies, “the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

I’ve written about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD several times. I used to write for a lot of different sites, and this was always a hot topic. I found out something new each time I wrote about SAD. I have a medium to a severe case of it. Some days, I can barely function. I often go to bed at 5:03 and stay there until 7:34 the next day. Then I get up, do as much as I can, as fast as I can, before I get too worn down.

This website, 6 ways to fight Seasonal Affective disorder  says to indulge in a Walk, a Talk, more Light, and a Pill

1. Know the signs and symptoms of SAD.

Seasonal affective disorder is cyclical—usually causing depressive periods during fall and winter seasons and non-depressed periods during spring and summer. Other symptoms of SAD include sleeping more than usual, having less energy, losing interest in activities, an inability to focus and think clearly, and increased appetite.

2. Engage in activities that you enjoy.

Take some time off in the winter, instead of using all of your vacation time during the summer. Volunteer or participate in activities that make you happy. Spend time with friends and family members who are caring, supportive, and positive.

Those are 2 of the 7 facts you’ll find on this Health Community Web site.

SAD is not the Winter Blues. Most people don’t like cold weather or shorter days for very long, but with SAD—a person gets very depressed, sometimes to the point of needing hospitalization. I soak in as much light as I can, go to the hot tub while it’s dark out (which lifts my spirits), do something fun as a break, and exercise. I also love to walk outside, and I love to do snow things– like build snowmen, sled, make snow angels, and throw snowballs at Del, my husband. Do the short days affect you? How do you fight SAD or even the Winter Blues, which are different, but still somewhat depressing?

Do you think you may have SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder? Many people are affected by this and sometimes it’s just out of their hands.

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15 thoughts on “SAD-seasonal Affective Disorder- by Cher’ley

  1. Back when I worked, I had no choice but to push myself even if I was feeling the winter blues. Now that I’m tired, it’s got a greater grip on me. I often find myself taking a couple of naps throughout the day. Here in Vegas, it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. That really, really drags on me.


    1. Yes, Mike, it’s getting dark here early too, but not that early. I don’t really nap because if I go to sleep, I will sleep straight through until 2:30 or 3 am (which I often do anyway). When I’m working it’s easier because I usually drive at nights, so the dark doesn’t bother me so much, but there are internal things going on too that happen no matter where I am or what I am doing. Cher’ley


  2. It’s amazing the effect sunlight has on people, even those without SAD, which is a serious disorder than many don’t take serious I think. I don’t have it but still feel more energetic and positive on a sunny day. The SAD lamps do work and I would encourage anyone with even a mild disorder get one and use at least 20 minutes a day or more. They can enhance the antidepressants. Taking a vacation somewhere sunny in the winter appeals to me too! Thanks for sharing Cher’ley.


    1. I now live in Florida and I get a lot of sunlight, but I still have the inner emotional problems. I fight them, and I do use a lamp, but I don’t think it is the right one. Every year I think I will get one, but I don’t ever get it done. I spend a lot of time outside. If I stay really busy doing things that don’t require thought I do pretty well. Cher’ley


  3. Liked the post Cherley. I haven’t been diagnosed with SAD but I think it is more or less the same kind of depression I fall into with Bipolar Disorder. I’m struggling now since the time changed, to get back on track – very hard for me. I’ve been waking up at 5:30 am even though I take meds for sleep. If I stay up too long I can’t even go to sleep and if my sleep is too short I feel really awful for a day or even two. My stomach is uneasy, I get the shakes, panic attacks, the whole shebang. I try very hard to keep my routine the same every single day. Ralph’s therapist told him to use the light and it has helped. I am having problems getting myself going and that just makes me irritable. Seems like I get nothing done. But I have much to be thankful for and I try to focus on that.


    1. Linda, being positive, and prayer really helps, but it doesn’t take care of all of it. There are some physical and emotional imbalances that happen. I am good if I do things that don’t require thought. Thanks for sharing and being encouraging. Cher’ley


  4. Thanks for the post, Cherley. It contains information that more people should know. Most people don’t have an accurate picture of depression; they think depressives should cheer up. I don’t have SAD, but my depression used to follow the seasons, starting in September. I would go downhill; my therapist would say, week after week, “When are you going to do something about this?” Finally I would see my doctor, get some pills, and within three days would feel fine. After several years of this, I realized I always hit bottom about October 10. So there had to be a seasonal component. Later the feeling spread itself year-around, so I no longer hit bottom at any particular time. Oddly enough, I now love winter and feel better when dark comes earlier. Go figure.


  5. Wow, Kathy, I start feeling better around Easter. LOL, It’s so hard to get used to the time changes. Most of the time I go to bed early, watch TV until I get real tired, take all my pills, fall asleep until 2:30 or 3:00 sometimes falling back to sleep and then up between 5 and 7. Like I told Linda if I do things that don’t take thought I do better. Cher’ley


  6. I’m not a fan of the shorter days. Less light means taking fewer pictures. You would think I would use the extra time to get other things done, but I rarely do. I pulled out my solar Christmas lights this afternoon and was sad since they wouldn’t have enough time to charge before dark. This time of year I am ready for my PJ’s by 4.30.


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