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Old 09-13-2010, 08:02 PM
 
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I think the weather related depression is all relative, depends on where one lived. It is difficult for people to comprehen how sunny and warm climate would cheer them up. I came from So. Calif. where there was sun almost everyday. I had been in Seattle area since June 2010, the cloudy and raining days are beginning to get into me. The traffic is also as bad or worst as in So. Calif. especially when it was raining. One of the problem is the narrow freeway, an accident would close the whole freeway. I think most people would stay home when it was raining. People tended to be depressed when they stayed home. They also tended to be over weight because of inactivity. The rural area of Washington is hard to get used to also, one would get a feeling of isolation. I hope I could retire to sunny Florida before the depression set in too deep for me.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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If someone hasn't posted it yet, here's the breakdown by state: Suicide Statistics

Washington comes in at #18 in 2004 and #21 in 2005; lower than Florida and Arizona. So, I doubt weather has anything to do with the suicide rate.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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I only know of one person who has committed suicide within my 25 years of living in Seattle area. Then again, I really didn't know them. more of an aquiantance. The pacific northwest has alot of cool things to keep people going and look at the glass half full.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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There is a tendency to nest when it's dark and damp outside. The first winter here, the length of the nights and the fact it can rain four weeks straight took some getting used to. Some cannot make the adjustment. I doubt that weather is anything more than a small contributing reason for a suicide.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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There is a tendency to nest when it's dark and damp outside. The first winter here, the length of the nights and the fact it can rain four weeks straight took some getting used to. Some cannot make the adjustment. I doubt that weather is anything more than a small contributing reason for a suicide.

It's not the rain and darkness itself but high rate of vitamin D deficiency:


Vitamin D and Depression

(Or I should say lack of vitamin D due to low sun exposure...meaning it's not the rain and darkness itself, but missing the vitamin D from the sunlight).
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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It's not the rain and darkness itself but high rate of vitamin D deficiency:


Vitamin D and Depression

(Or I should say lack of vitamin D due to low sun exposure...meaning it's not the rain and darkness itself, but missing the vitamin D from the sunlight).

Balanced diet and exercise would help, right? Or at least it does for me. That and looking forward to things that fall/winter brings like parties, holidays off work, etc. And in my experience here, people are nesting and MIA all summer long even when they're in town. In fall/winter people hang out more.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Balanced diet and exercise would help, right? Or at least it does for me. That and looking forward to things that fall/winter brings like parties, holidays off work, etc. And in my experience here, people are nesting and MIA all summer long even when they're in town. In fall/winter people hang out more.
It seems a bit odd to say that people are nesting in the summertime...isn't nesting something that is typically done in the winter?

At any rate, a good diet and regular exercise are essential ...
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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It seems a bit odd to say that people are nesting in the summertime...isn't nesting something that is typically done in the winter?

At any rate, a good diet and regular exercise are essential ...

It was true for my circle this summer. People talked up a big game about summer plans but couldnt get anyone to do anything when the sun was out! Now that "summer" is over, people are coming out of the woodwork to make plans.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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It's not the rain and darkness itself but high rate of vitamin D deficiency:


Vitamin D and Depression

(Or I should say lack of vitamin D due to low sun exposure...meaning it's not the rain and darkness itself, but missing the vitamin D from the sunlight).


Three kids committed suicide at my school in LA, and it was a small, private arts college... LA is plenty sunny... I seem to recall reading that Las Vegas has the highest suicide rate in the US, due to personal gambling issues/debts, job loss, and the huge collapse in real estate value.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:42 PM
 
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I'm sure this has been mentioned, but Seattle is not the #1 suicide city. Las Vegas is #1, Colorado Springs and Tucson are in the top 3. Washington State is in the middle of the pack.
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