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Tis’ the Season of SAD

It’s October, which means the weather is cooling down, there is a crispness in the air and SAD ramps up a bit for me. Every Fall, armed with a latte, I prepare myself for the couple of months ahead.  Do you know what SAD is? tells us: “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a category of depression that emerges in particular seasons of the year. Most people notice SAD symptoms starting in the fall and increasing during the winter months, but a few people experience a spring/summer version.”

There are a few causes for this, reduced sunlight being a major one. It can throw our internal clocks off, resulting in a reduction of serotonin and melatonin.

I can tell that it’s coming, like clock work every year. My attitude shifts, my Vitamin D consumption goes up and I tend to challenge my therapist a bit more on tough topics. We’ve been working together for a few years and I think maybe two Fall’s ago, it was really bad. We butted heads on everything possible. I pretty much couldn’t be around myself. But then, Spring comes on the horizon and things perk up again.


Do you have issues with SAD? What works for you?





2 thoughts on “Tis’ the Season of SAD

  1. Such an important topic! I noticed that it affected me a lot when we lived in upstate NY in a dreary town… now that I get more sunshine, I don’t deal with it but I am careful to supplement with Vitamin D all winter.


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