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S.A.D.
November 3, 1999
11:30 pm
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Clockwerks
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I'm fairly certain that I suffer from something called S.A.D. (seasonal afflicted dissorder). All I know is that it is a disorder that effects a person usually during the winter-time (when the sun isn't as prevelant) and is somehow linked to a vitemin D or E deficiency. It's driving me insane because I find it more and more difficult to become motivated. I'm in 2nd year of university and I'm afraid of failing due to this depressive order. Does anyone have anymore information regarding this disorder?

November 4, 1999
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Hi Clockwerks,

SAD is related to vitamin D, which is something our bodies actually need sunlight to make. You can get it from foods though (such as vitamin D milk). If you have SAD, you should notice that your symptoms get much better, if not disappearing altogether, in the summer and warmer months and even on sunny days in the colder times of the year. I think it's very easy to confuse SAD with clinical depression - which is generally diagnosed after you have 2 or more continuous weeks feeling blue, unhappy, despairing, guilty and hopeless on a daily basis (among many other symptoms). You should read up about this (http://www.psycom.net/depressi.....ntral.html is a great site with a screening test) and go to see a counselor or even a doctor with your symptoms. You shouldn't try to diagnose it yourself, especially as clinical depression will probably get much worse before it gets better.

I know exactly how you feel, clockwerks, I am a graduate student in my second year and I've been fighting depression the whole time. As if school wasn't hard enough alone?!? It will get better though. I've gotten to the root of a lot of my own sadness and I'm improving daily, even without drugs. Your university should have some sort of counseling center. Even if you have to go elsewhere, please go talk to someone! You'll find you feel better as soon as you do. Good luck, and stay with your studies - it's worth it in the end.

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November 4, 1999
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a husband of a former colleague of mine has something he calls "Winter depression" and he says that it has to do with vitamins but also with the intensity of daylight / sunlight and some direct effect on the nervous syten (?). He bought a special light bulb in some dark north european country and sits in front of it for 1 h daily. He claims it makes him feel better.
I haven't seen any scientific bacground for that, and I certainly agree with everblue that depression isn't a do-it-yourself problem. But when I consider how good it can feel to be out in the bright sunlight for a day, especially after a long, foggy november...

Sunny times to everybody, eve
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November 9, 1999
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I know some people wouldn't even consider setting foot into a tanning bed because of some of the ill effects it has upon our bodies, however I do know that some people do it not only to get a nice tan, but also to keep themselves a bit happier during winter months. I have also heard that it does help with this type of situation - however I can't speak for everyone.

Maybe talking with a doctor would help to figure a way to bring some sun back into your atmosphere.

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