A Conversation for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
It runs in families
Cheerful Dragon Started conversation Jul 19, 2000
As far as I'm aware, nobody in my immediate family suffers from S.A.D. I can feel absolutely miserable on a bright sunny day, or bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on a dull one. I am more likely to feel happy when it's sunny, but I don't suffer depression if it's not.
Richard (my husband) and his mother are a different matter. Both suffer S.A.D. in differing amounts. Richard's mum is worse off, getting progressively more depressed as Winter progresses. Some of this could be ascribed to old age; she is in her 70s and doesn't like the idea of time passing. However, she doesn't like the short, cold days of winter, and is noticeably more cheerful when Spring arrives. Richard isn't quite as bad, but does get low in the Winter and perk up in Spring and Summer. Having said that, we both love Autumn, although I think Spring is his favourite season.
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