Friday, December 11, 2009

Struggling with Winter Depression?

Black-eyed Susans Frozen in TimeEvery year, Daylight Savings Time comes and ushers in a world of hurt for many people as they collectively deal with an hour less of precious sunlight. Our agrarian society is now a metropolitan one of artificial lights and deep indoors. The lack of sunlight at the end of the day strikes a hearty blow to those who suffer from Winter Depression, aka Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The Winter months see the shortest days of the year starting in the end of September until the Winter Equinox in December. If you find yourself more depressed in the Fall than at any other time of year, this may be the reason why.

I explore my own experiences with Winter Depression below. Perhaps there’s something I’ve discovered about myself that might be relevant to you as well:

Daylight Savings Time - My New Sworn Enemy - November ’08

I Wondered What Was Happening - November ’08

Less sun, more depression for people with SAD - (CNN) Dec. ’08

Putting a Spotlight on Seasonal Affective Disorder - November ’09

Lights Out on Winter Depression (SAD) - December ’09