Thursday, March 19, 2009
Close to Nowhere
“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder first identified ten centuries ago by Avicenna, in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter, repeatedly, year after year. The US National Library of Medicine notes that “some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up.”
The above tidbit was stolen from Wikipedia -- the free encyclopedia on the Internet.
My friend Jane and I have been discussing SAD quite a bit recently. I’ve always thought that I suffered (and not in silence) with the affliction! Jane was talking about her symptoms a few weeks ago and I suggested that she might have the same “disease.”
I think quite a few people this year are suffering from SAD -- more than usual. Jane and I think that it’s because this has been a drearier year than usual.
It seems to us that we have rarely seen the sun this winter. Apparently, the temperature doesn’t seem to matter as much as the sunlight -- it can be cold and gray or just cool and gray or probably even warm and gray all the time -- without sunlight, it’s just too depressing for words!
I recommended my “treatment” to Jane. It doesn’t help much, but it’s better than continual gray. At my sewing machine and my computer I have lights -- a big fluorescent one on my computer and three separate ones around my sewing machine.
I’ve read somewhere that fluorescent lights help more than just regular incandescent bulbs. (Now that incandescent bulbs are going the way of the kerosene lamp, it’s a good thing!)
“Negative air ionization, involving the release of charged particles into the sleep environment, has also been found effective.”
This treatment, according to Wikipedia, also works.
Since I don’t have any negative air and I wouldn’t know how to ionize it if I did, I guess I’m just going to have to keep relying on the fluorescent lights...
Don’t forget about the Big Star Baggers Relay for Life quilt -- for only $5 you can put a loved one’s name on a block -- in honor or in memory. And every block you “buy,” gets you a chance to win the quilt at the Relay for Life on June 12 at Sam Coopwood Park.
To get a block, see Christine Martin at Big Star; or me, here at The South Reporter. You can mail a check for a block or blocks, to Relay for Life Quilt Blocks, Linda Jones, The South Reporter, P.O. Box 278, Holly Springs, MS 38635. Make checks payable to the Big Star Baggers.
There are only 120 blocks and some are already spoken for -- get yours before they’re all gone!
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