REBLOG: Melanie C., of “Sparks From a Combustible Mind” Week#17 of “Working on Us” – I’m NOT ‘blue’, I haz S.A.D.!

 

Beckie’s topic for this week “Working on Us” Mental Health Series is Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.

Another perspective from someone who doesn’t suffer from S.A.D. is this excellent post by Sadje:

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2019/10/02/working-on-us-week-17-seasonal-affective-disorder/

Beckie writes:

Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders. 

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(Special note: My apologies for skipping last week’s “Working on Us”, due to an unforeseen beam from the mother ship striking my brain cells, last week could not take place.  Thank you for your patience). 🤯

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Week #17 is all about S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder

From October through the height of the Winter months, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder will slowly increase and only start to diminish by late Spring/early Summer. Many sufferers report they would like to “hibernate” for the winter. It is also important to note that Seasonal Affective Disorder is NOT the same as the “holiday blues.” However, a majority of sufferers have this take place from late Autumn through to Spring, some people do actually suffer in the Summer months as well.

The following are symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal
  • Oversleeping
  • Weight gain with increased appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of motivation

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Prompt #1 Questions:

  1. Do you suffer from SAD?
  2. Other than the few examples I listed above, do you suffer from any additional symptoms of depression during seasonal changes, whether it be in the Winter or Summer?
  3. What sort of treatment plan, if any, do you seek in order to cope with SAD?
  4. Medications, are they altered in any way during SAD?
  5. Do you seek additional therapy during SAD?

Prompt #2 Picture Prompts: Write the first thing that pops into your mind the moment you look at the following picture?

#1

#2

Beauty of Fallen snow with sunsets

 #3


Prompt #3  (New Addition to Prompts) Post a song that fits your mood to best to describe how Seasonal Affective Disorders feel to you?

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Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything, and/or narrative).
  • You can do one, two or all the prompts.
  • You have from October 2nd. through October 8th.,  to submit your entries.

  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • ( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this week’s prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site and spread more awareness!

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My Responses:

Prompt #1 Questions:

  • Do you suffer from SAD?   Yes.  I was diagnosed in 2012, the winter after my husband died.  I realize that I’ve had it a LOT longer than that though, but it was never diagnosed.

  • Other than the few examples I listed above, do you suffer from any additional symptoms of depression during seasonal changes, whether it be in the Winter or Summer?   I isolate more.   I know the list includes “social withdrawal”, but (to me personally anyway) “isolating” is more severe than social withdrawal.   Maybe it’s because of my social anxiety paired with my chronic ‘severe’ depression, which is exacerbated by the S.A.D. that I prefer not associating with anyone during the Fall and Winter.  Another nasty side effect for me is the increase in levels of physical pain.   I’m in so much more pain during the Fall/Wintertime and yes, that could be because in North America it gets cold, but my headaches increase too.  Those aren’t caused because it’s cold.    My overall level of daily pain climbs from a 7 to an 11 or 12.  Significant difference.

  • What sort of treatment plan, if any, do you seek in order to cope with SAD?   I’ve tried all the recommended remedies, both OTC (over the counter) and professionally prescribed.   None have been terribly effective in combating my symptoms nor altering my basic mood.   Light therapy is a non-starter due to a chronic skin condition I suffer from, in which ‘sunlight’ (real or artificial) is contra-indicated.  Yeah.  It’s GREAT to be me!  😐

  • Medications, are they altered in any way during SAD?   Not really.  I might take a bit more Xanax than usual, particularly if I HAVE to go out.   Pain meds make me ill, so that’s another ‘nice’ little ‘gift’ I have to deal with.   Push through the pain or learn to live with it because I can’t take most pain medications.

  • Do you seek additional therapy during SAD?  Some years I have.   My therapist is a lengthy drive from my house though, and in Winter I prefer not to drive more than I can possibly help.   So mostly?  No.  If I’m feeling really really low (suicidal), I’ll go to the ER and talk to the Crisis Counselor they started offering this year.  I can do that.

Prompt #2 Picture Prompts: Write the first thing that pops into your mind the moment you look at the following picture?

#1

Rainy days don’t bother me.  That looks peaceful if a bit cold.   

#2

Beauty of Fallen snow with sunsets

No.   That’s WINTER and for a variety of reasons, not just the S.A.D., I don’t enjoy Winter.   The picture is aesthetically pleasing though.  But overall?  I get a depressing feeling from looking at that.

 #3

Willard Bay (a nearby body of water).   Well, you said, “The first thing that pops into your head”, right?   Willard isn’t turquoise-colored of course.   But the overall feel is of the place.


Prompt #3  (New Addition to Prompts) Post a song that fits your mood to best to describe how Seasonal Affective Disorders feel to you?

Autumn Leaves (French Version/1992 Digital Remaster)
The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

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