Monday, September 13, 2010

SAD

I think I might have a mild case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or a better name would be Sub-syndromal SAD (S-SAD, or winter blues). This link here says that it affects some 25 million people each year so maybe I am one of those 25 million. Symptoms normally start at the beginning of fall and goes away in the spring. I really hope it does not last that long for me. I've been feeling blah for the last couple of weeks and am not sure why. I am not ill.

Aside from the fatigue I've been feeling, I also have other symptoms of SAD, including lethargy, mild social withdrawal, and food and carb cravings but no depression. Depression seems to be a major sign of SAD but I don't have that. Also, I'm not sure if I am feeling this way because I have marathon training burnout or just lack of motivation.

It's very interesting that they site "light" (too little of too much) to be a cause of SAD. I have to admit that I've been guilty this whole summer of getting too much sunlight. Perhaps this is why I am feeling this way. For the most part, I am having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning to go workout and when I do get to the gym, I feel no energy to do anything more than light walking and stretching. I would be concerned about this but I always seem to feel this way when the seasons change. I don't normally have this problem but I've been experiencing this fatigue every single time Autumn rolls around. I am hoping this will go away soon so I can get back to my regular level of activity and also so I won't have to go see the doctor.

So I've been knitting and crocheting again because sometimes that is all the energy I feel I have to do. So until I start feeling better again, which I hope is soon, I've made a couple of items. 

Here I am crocheting a prototype for a market bag that I made for Sister K. Forgot to take a photo of the brown finished bag I ended up giving to her.
These are little booties I made for Sister S.
Here are a pile of granny squares that will eventually be finished off into a throw. Should have something to show by next week.

2 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

I used to get SAD (ha ha), but not anymore now really because I LOVE cold weather and associate darkness with feeling comfortable, lol.

I've read, though, that the right indoor lighting can be useful, and aromatherapy. I know a spritz of some good-smelling perfume is an instant pick-me-up.

Glenn Jones said...

Oh no! I hope you didn't catch what I have! I've had these same symptoms for months now. Yikes!