Let there be light …

I don’t know if I suffer from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – or not. If I do, I think it is a mild case. Don’t know what SAD is?

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Here’s the Mayo Clinic explaining it, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.”


“Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.”


What I do know about myself is that I don’t feel happy about the dwindling hours of sunlight as winter advances. I can’t ride my bike as much because of the looming darkness. By late December I am thrilled to see that the days are beginning, very slowly, a few minutes a day, but undeniably, to have more light.I live in Chicago. To help me to enjoy the return of the light as winter ebbs, I have charted the sunrise and sunset for January through March. I mention living in Chicago because you likely live elsewhere and your sunrise and set times will vary somewhat from mine.

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5 responses to “Let there be light …

  1. Light therapy helped a family member who briefly lived in Switzerland and was affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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  2. I bet I would be affected by SAD if I didn’t live in the desert where we experience sunshine a majority of the year. I feel a bit down on cloudy days. Even on cold days, if the sun shines, it makes me happy!

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