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Old 07-08-2011, 05:48 AM
 
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Default Anyone recommended to relocate due to seasonal affective disorder?

Hello:

I have been living in the Fort Wayne area for only 5 months but the weather has hit me really hard mentally.

On cloudy days (any season of the year includying summer) I feel terrible, very tired and sleepy, cannot concentrate, forget things, etc. that I can barely function.

I am a software engineer and I have to have concentration 100% of the time which makes the situation really frustrating.

Has anyone been recommended or forced to relocate more on the south side to sunnier states like California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc?

If so have you found relief with your symptoms?

I would hate to resign to my company but if I don't have any other choice I will start looking for jobs in another sunnier states.

Thanks
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Hello:

I have been living in the Fort Wayne area for only 5 months but the weather has hit me really hard mentally.

On cloudy days (any season of the year includying summer) I feel terrible, very tired and sleepy, cannot concentrate, forget things, etc. that I can barely function.

I am a software engineer and I have to have concentration 100% of the time which makes the situation really frustrating.

Has anyone been recommended or forced to relocate more on the south side to sunnier states like California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc?

If so have you found relief with your symptoms?

I would hate to resign to my company but if I don't have any other choice I will start looking for jobs in another sunnier states.

Thanks
I have reverse SAD... i.e. I cannot be in extremely sunny places and need a good variety in my weather. I lived out in Tucson, AZ briefly and it affected me tremendously.

Do you prefer cooler weather or warmer weather? There are cool sunny places and warm sunny places... each could affect you differently.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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I personally prefer cool sunny places but I'm willing to stay wherever I don't feel like cr** like here in Indiana

Did you try medication for your SAD?

Thanks for your help
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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I personally prefer cool sunny places but I'm willing to stay wherever I don't feel like cr** like here in Indiana

Did you try medication for your SAD?

Thanks for your help
Yup, and it didn't work.

For you, then, I'd suggest Denver, CO... there are lots of sunny days there, and there are lots of jobs there too... or really anywhere along the Front Range.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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So what did it work for you better than medication?

Did you move out from Arizona?

What is the Front Range?

Thanks
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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So what did it work for you better than medication?

Did you move out from Arizona?

What is the Front Range?

Thanks
I had to move regardless... the medication only helped me stabilize myself before I was able to move.

I moved from Arizona to Nebraska which helped a lot (although Nebraska is a lot sunnier than where I live now in Indiana)

The front range is the belt of cities along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming (I'd stick with Colorado with your degree):

Laramie, WY
Cheyenne, WY
Fort Collins, CO
Greeley, CO
Loveland, CO
Longmont, CO
Boulder, CO
Denver and its many, many suburbs
Colorado Springs, CO
Pueblo, CO
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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So now that you are living in Indiana do you feel much better?

I wish it was my case.
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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So now that you are living in Indiana do you feel much better?

I wish it was my case.
I wish I was further north in Indiana...where I lived in Nebraska was a little better, but overall yes.
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:50 PM
 
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Hello:

I have been living in the Fort Wayne area for only 5 months but the weather has hit me really hard mentally.

On cloudy days (any season of the year includying summer) I feel terrible, very tired and sleepy, cannot concentrate, forget things, etc. that I can barely function.

I am a software engineer and I have to have concentration 100% of the time which makes the situation really frustrating.

Has anyone been recommended or forced to relocate more on the south side to sunnier states like California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc?

If so have you found relief with your symptoms?

I would hate to resign to my company but if I don't have any other choice I will start looking for jobs in another sunnier states.

Thanks
The problem is probably severe boredom from being in Ft. Wayne. Not weather related.
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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The problem is probably severe boredom from being in Ft. Wayne. Not weather related.
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