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Winter Blahs Getting You

S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder is now on record as a bona fide malady. How are you handling the winter blahs?

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I live in North Carolina too.There is no one in the state suffering from the winter blahs,but rather, we would welcome some crisp fall days.Temps here in the foothills where I live range in the upper eighties. I seldom see snow,except in the mountains.I love snow,like to see it falling,snow people,snowcream,snow scenes and frosty window panes.We only had one brief,scanty snowfall all of last winter. I will welcome the snow if the Master sends it.
---Danelle on 10/15/08

I live in Noth Carolina and I don't get a chance to get the winter blahs. It was close to 70* this week here. Besides, the winters are very short here. Break out the swimwear! Woo Hoo!
---John on 10/15/08

It seems every malady has a name. How about "its cold outside so we can find something to do inside?" They also have a name for kids who misbehave. Why wasn't all these diseases present when I was growing up? My Dad had a cure for it.
---shira on 11/28/07

Here in northern Alberta, we get sixteen hours of daylight per day in the summer and only about 8 hours of daylight during the winter ... and much of that can be overcast and dismal. So S.A.D. is quite common around these parts. I have a friend who uses light therapy. She finds it very effective.
---DoryLory on 2/7/06

John, I'm from North Carolina also. We have Daphidiles blooming in February. Before lone, we will have to mow our lawns year around!! :(
---Fred_S. on 2/6/06

Correction: i minute with Jesus will brighten ANY gloom.
---Eloy on 2/6/06

1 minute with Jesus will brighten and gloom.
---Eloy on 2/6/06

Talk about depressing....I went to be bed last nite with the ground bare, & woke up with the snow almost to my knees. It's been a horrible, horrible day- church was even cancelled, then I got called in to work. Some of the power here in town has been out for 24 hrs, plus the cable tv was out for a few hours. Trees fell, power lines down.....but praise God I made it thru. God bless.
---Ann5758 on 2/5/06

I live in the desert so its sunny most every day, even when its cool outside. I let a lot of sunshine in, and I like to have lights on. Its gloomy when its dim in the house. Although, I love to see the rare overcast day, especially if we have a few drops of rain! That spells NAP TIME to me!
I also have read that light therapy is a benefit for those who get depressed in Winter.
---NVBarbara on 2/5/06

From what I have read Madison is correct, but also I do think that people are jumping on this bandwagon to get out of working!
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/5/06

Shira: My beliefs are based in scientific research. Why do you act as though people who suffer from S.A.D. are doing something wrong? These illnesses existed when we were young, we just didn't have the research to help people who suffered then. Praise the Lord we have the research and can help those who suffer.
---Madison on 2/5/06

How?: Leaning & depending on Jesus! (Ps. 64:10; Pv. 3:5-8; Jn. 8:12)
---Leon on 2/5/06

Madison, I have read your answers on many blogs and I respect you for your beliefs, but if winter depression has to do with light, then all that is needed is a big light. People make simple things complicated. My daughter was in Alaska for 3 years and she talked about winters there. Everyone would get together and have fun. I know about the test conducted with light.
---shira on 2/5/06

pkay-Are you saying that mental illness is failure and learning disabilities are the same as stupidity? When did you get your license to practice as a mental health professional?

Research has been done on seasonal depression, and it is in relationship to the lack of sunlight in the northern hemisphere in the winter. There are ways to deal with it which research has shown effective. Mocking it and treating it as a failure shows great ignorance and a lack of Christian love.
---Madison on 2/5/06

I make it a point to go outside, stand in as much sunlight as possible, 15-30 each day regardless of the temp. Lights work wonders, but plain ole sunshine is what fixes it. And....keep a grateful heart and busy hands.
---Lynn on 2/5/06

Shira: S.A.D. is not a result of the winter blahs, but the brain's reaction to the decreased sunlight that is available. It has to do with the brain's chemistry. It is not about the cold weather, though those two factors can contribute. Don't put down what you don't know. There has been research done using light therapy to help people with S.A.D. Getting outside for a part of the day, especially if the sun is shining, is very therapeutic. Making sure you have the lights on indoors helps as well.
---Madison on 2/5/06

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Everything has a name these days.Even plain stupidity is a malady.It s typical of us.trying to cover up or justify our own failures by calling them diseases.alcoholism is now a disease.I truly believe that there is no room fro depression for someone with Jesus.
---pkay on 2/5/06

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