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Hurray! Our full spectrum light has arrived! Eric had it sent to his work, so we wouldn't have to muck about with convincing the UPS driver to drop it off without a signature. I'm so happy about this purchase. From what I've read, symptoms can be noticeably better in just a few days of exposure to very bright light (unlike anti-depressant drugs which sometimes take as long as a month to work.) So I look forward to being chipper and energetic by the weekend.

I suppose I should prepare myself for the possibility that the recovery won't be so instantaneous, or even so complete. But I figure to can't hurt to get the placebo factor working for me right away. Hell, even if I just think it's a little easier to get out of bed in the morning, that's an improvement.

Does anybody else suffer from SAD? Or just winter "blahs"? It seems pretty omnipresent, from my observations. I walked into PetSmart yesterday to get some Dalilah food, and the young woman at the counter was leaning quite a bit.

"How are you?" I asked.
"Very tired" she replied.

I get that a lot this time of year.

I wonder if there is any sort of hibernation movement out there? I mean, there's a society for every damn crack-pot idea you can think of. You'd think somebody would be lobbying for humans to shut down all non-essential functions (like, you know, the stock market and the news media) between the months of October and March, and just hit the hay.


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Nov. 20th, 2001 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm prone to major blahs, as you prolly know. And my brother has SAD, although it seems to be a lot less severe than when he was a high school student (when he pretty much slept every moment that he wasn't at school)...
Nov. 20th, 2001 10:57 am (UTC)
Just remember, you've got to sit in front of the damn thing for a half hour every day. That's what ruined the idea for me. If I had the energy to wake up half an hour early each day to bask I wouldn't need the damn thing.

(If I could just figure out a way to take my meds an hour before I wake up...)
Nov. 20th, 2001 10:58 am (UTC)
I have noticed getting tired earlier in the day, but I'm not more tired overall. Personally I think the world would be a better place if grown-ups got to take naps.

I'm doing better than I was in August anyway...hiding in the AC, waiting for the sun to go down.

I'm so goffick! :P

Hope the light does the trick for you though...you were the first person I ever heard about SAD from and now it's recognized as being quite common, I think.

(PS, how did the chair work out for you?)
Nov. 20th, 2001 11:11 am (UTC)
Not exactly what you are looking for...
...but there are cute animal pics!

BTW, is there a way to edit comments instead of just deleting them? And what is the "link" for?

Nov. 20th, 2001 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: Not exactly what you are looking for...
If there's a way to edit comments, I don't know what it is. And the chair is working out GREAT! I really like recliners.
Nov. 20th, 2001 06:21 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one . . . I have issues all winter long. I'm going to see how the Concerta helps . . . so far, I'm not having my usual issues with wanting to sleep all the time *so* far . . . thankfully, I'm sleeping again, last week seems to be an aberration . . . best of luck with the full-spectrum lamp, I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes :)

-- Andi
Nov. 21st, 2001 11:41 pm (UTC)
Don't hate me
I actually don't have SAD in even the slightest form, so far as I can tell. My depressions are random and have pretty much no pattern to them. Maybe I'm just not noticing. How much is a full-spectrum lamp, anyway?
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