Each spring I’m reminded of the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) [note 1]. Once daylight hours begin to increase and the quality of the light shifts from dull to bright, I awaken as if from hibernation. During the winter months I used to go into a depressive, sleep-like state, a sort of human hibernation. Wellbutrin has worked wonders to solve this problem, at least the depression, and having “natural” light in the form of full spectrum lighting has had a bit of a beneficial effect. Still, there’s nothing that compares with the longer days and the bright sunshine of spring and summer. Think you might suffer from SAD? The Mayo Clinic has some information.
- FYI: I’m located in New York. I suffer from the Fall/Winter version of SAD (appropriate acronym, no?) but note that there is also a Spring/Summer version. Surprisingly, I could not find anyone who thought that SAD was some sort of gift. ↩