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Old 09-22-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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Does anyone get very sad or depressed when the sun goes down and it gets dark? My husband has this problem nearly every night. Sometimes it's not as bad as others. Sometimes he even cries. I have heard of SAD like from summer to winter. Anyone have this??
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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I have a very mild version . . . don't like dusk . . .I think it stems back to my childhood. Is your husband in touch with what his issue is?

The way I deal with it is to try to do fun things during that time of day . . . get out - take a walk, whatever . . . if I have to be home, do something fun or interesting during that time.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:36 PM
 
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sorry, I can't be much help because that's my favorite time of day. I love it when we go back to "regular" time and have less daylight. Mornings are rough for me though. That's when I'm sad or anxious or both.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:42 AM
 
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Google sundowning, it's associated with dementia.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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I have that same thing and have for a long time. When it begins to get dark I get anxious, sad, sometimes I am nearly panicky. I have been suffering with this for so many years and it was really affecting my life. Then a few months ago my doctor prescribed Hydroxyzine 25 mg. taken 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening and it has litterly stopped my symptoms. I have had no side affects with it either. Maybe have his doctor or a counselor/psychiatrist look into this for him.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:06 AM
 
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Google sundowning, it's associated with dementia.
for real?? I'm not gonna google it but if that's true it's very surprising.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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Being sad at sundown and "sundowning" are two different things. I have had this issue since childhood and I am aware of the orgins of it - it has to do with trauma, not dementia.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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My husband had hip disease in childhood and had to be hospitalized for months. Visiting hours would be over close to dark so we are pretty sure that is what it is but he doesn't know how to stop it. He was in Kosair Childrens Hospital for literally months so his hip bones could harden correctly. It is called Perthe's Disease.... Thank you for your posts.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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My husband had hip disease in childhood and had to be hospitalized for months. Visiting hours would be over close to dark so we are pretty sure that is what it is but he doesn't know how to stop it. He was in Kosair Childrens Hospital for literally months so his hip bones could harden correctly. It is called Perthe's Disease.... Thank you for your posts.
There are two things I can think of that could be helpful - one is EFT (YouTube - I like Brad Yates) and the other is TRE (also YouTube).

EFT is Emotional Freedom Technique - tapping on acupressure meridians - I think it could be easy and very useful for this problem.

TRE is Trauma Release Excercises (also easy and addresses PTSD trauma that is trapped in the body).
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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Google sundowning, it's associated with dementia.
This is what I immediately thought when I saw the thread. Actually, it's associated with Alzheimer's disease and is very common among Alzheimer patients. I experienced it firsthand when I worked at a nursing home briefly several years ago, very sad.
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