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Old 09-20-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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Does anyone has issues of depression when the days become shorter due to lack of sunlight? Please advise, thanks
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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Hmmm, I don't know if it lack of sunlight or what, but I start getting 'moody' and down as fall approaches. By the end of Feb. I start feeling better, and not so woe is me. Maybe it is all the holidays and all the commercial hype over them. But one good thing is now I am aware that I get like this and it is a lot easier to finds ways to counteract those feelings, and try to find stuff to do or see that are invigorating or enjoyable to me. I think being aware of this feeling is a key to surviving it.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:24 PM
 
Location: on the coast of somewhere beautiful
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I disliked living in colorado, when it would be dark before I went to work, and then dark again by the time I got off of work (and working in a place with no windows drove me nuts!) so...for the years I lived there, I started taking vitamin d (not advising you to do the same, just saying it worked for me). I managed to stay fairly happy and of course, I sneaked in 15 minutes of sunshine during my lunch
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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I've never lived anywhere that didn't have way too much sunshine - except for 2 separate winters in Michigan and one horrid winter in New York. So no, I don't experience seasonal depression; but I know my sister gets it pretty bad. I've always wondered if those full spectrum lights would help?
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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My employer (the one without windows who shall remain unnamed), decided to install those in the warehouse for us employees...the light were taken down in a month because nobody liked that the light they emitted was (i kid you not) lime green. Not my cup of tea. Apparently not any of the other employees' either.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Does anyone has issues of depression when the days become shorter due to lack of sunlight? Please advise, thanks
I do big time as i thrive in the Sun and hate winter time.

For me until i can move back to Florida is that i chose my Apartment that faces the south as that's where most of the sunshine comes in and i open all my curtains/blinds so even in winter i'm getting lots of natural Sunlite for most of the day especially the weekends when home.

My last Apt faced west so i only got the sun when it was starting to Sunset as that was depressing to be in a dark place for most of the day. Kinda like a Cave feel to it .
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I take 1000 mg of Vitamin D a day to make up for the short days of winter.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I try to get out and sit in the sunshine in the winter for a few minutes whenever I can. Otherwise, it seems to get to me too.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:22 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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I used to get it really bad when I lived in PA. It seemed to get worse after Christmas when I had enough of the dark dreary days. I always said it's not so much that the cold gets to me, it's no sun! I moved to FL and don't get it anymore, that solved thes issue. If you can't move, try to get out when it's sunny, take vacations in the winter, and keep yourself busy. You can try anti-depreesants, but I never did.
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I live in Connecticut, where the winters can be extremely cold and brutal and the summers hot and humid.

I do tend to get a "blue" when the weather restricts me from not want to drive where I'd like to go. Almost like cabin fever. It's dark when you wake up and then dark when you leave the office and go home and night.
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