Winter Blues

Jan. 11, 2018

Where’s this month going? I can already tell it’s going to disappear fast and boogie into February. Well, that’s okay with me. I live in central Texas, which has pretty mild winters, but it’s still too cold for me and the sooner winter is done with, the better for me. I’m a sun lover, heat seeker. I’ll do anything to get warm.

Winter is often hard for people with bipolar and/or depression. The shorter days

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and colder weather can bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Appropriate acronym, don’t you think? There’s some info about it in my memoir, Through the Rabbit Hole, because my daughter suffers from it every winter. Here are some other sources:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml

9 Ways to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder

I read that more women are affected than men and that light boxes, which you can buy online, are helpful for about 50% of SAD sufferers. For some, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be very intense.

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