Seasonal Affective Disorder Support Group

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as S.A.D., winter depression or the winter blues is an affective, or mood, disorder. Most SAD sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer. The condition in the summer is often referred to as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. An argument for this view is the effectiveness of bright light therapy. SAD is measurably present at latitudes in the Arctic region, such as Finland where the rate of SAD is 9.5% Cloud cover may contribute to the negative effects of SAD. SAD can be a serious disorder and may require hospitalization. There is also potential risk of...

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  • mljn1220

    winter sunsets

    as we move further and further into winter i feel like im loosing my battle with SAD. the sunsets just keep getting earlier and earlier. its dark all the time and i just cant win. even taking my vitamin D daily it seems like driving in the dark is an impossible task. is anybody else in the same boat as me??
  • blueviolet725

    Vitamin D/ lighbox side effects

    This is only one small tip of the iceberg on vitamin can really help with SAD don't know if you can get to that one if...
  • mimosatea

    Summer SAD and temperature

    I find that my symptoms intensify with the heat. After the initial transtion from winter to spring, I feel like I've somewhat adjusted to the weather enough to have my SAD lessen. However, the real period of time of my SAD is during June-August. So far we've had an overall blissfully cool June for the region, but on the days when it was especially hot and sunny I was dissociating and anxious the...
  • Hello, I have been depressed during summer months for as long as I can remember, but didn't realize it was an actual THING until maybe 10 years ago. It was THEN that discovered what I have is REVERSE Seasonal Affective Disorder, which means I hate summer as bad as MOST people hate winter. (Until then, I had only heard about depression during WINTER months, but not summer.) I know there are...
  • Razor91


    I was wondering if you can have seasonal affective disorder but in Summer, I'm usually okay during winter, but this year I can't get out of this depression, I don't know if it's my normal depression or something more, either way I'm very confused.
  • shelli

    Age 51 with disabilities

    Hello ladies n gents, I have a multitude of health issues........SAD included. I've been on SSDI since '09. Prior......married HS sweetheart we lived in California, ahhhh good times. Moved to Co., (hubby abusive). Came out as lesbian @1990. Life kinda fell apart in Co., until my 17 year wife & self moved to NM, disliking very much. Too freaking cloudy cold and windy! We're trying like HELL to...
  • Hello everyone, I decided to join a support group because I am trying to understand and find ways to help my boyfriend. I'm not sure what else to do. I'm finding that no matter how much I try I'm not helping him. I have educated myself with all the medical information and find every possible way to be pupportive but sometimes I find it very challenging. I know he gets disconnected and he even...
  • cb73373

    I need help

    Okay, so this is my first time ever reaching out to anybody on the internet. About a year ago I discovered what S.A.D. was, it's always been pushed back in my head because it was just something I could possibly have. Now, I've done more research and discovered that it really describes me. I'm pretty down all year round but it's always the end of November until the beginning of April that it lets...
  • jessicahendriks


    I am looking for someone to interview someone who has been diagnosed with SAD for an article for my college's newspaper, preferably someone who lives in Canada. I'm having a really hard time finding someone. I thought I'd try here. Message me if interested.
  • mildred71

    S.A.D do I belong?

    Help!  I don't feel like I belong here on earth.  Seriously, I do not like bright lights, and I also do not like the dark.  The summer is O.K, but then when the trees lose their leaves, and the day is over at 4:00 p.m,  I am fearful.  I try to cheer myself up by looking at christmas lights, or eating pumpkin pie, but I don't know.  Maybe I live in the wrong state.  However, a lot of the...
  • SaddestEyes


    I'm feeling absolutely horrible. Nothing seems to be working. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it through the entire winter.
  • climbmountains

    new member introduction

    Hi. I am new to the group. I have SAD along with bipolar disorder.SAD makes a mess out of my mood disorder. It's like I have 2 different types of depression- one from the bipolar disorder and one from SAD! To me, the two types of depression "feel" different. I use a 10,000 lux desk lamp first thing when I wake up. If my "dose" or timed minutes are too low for too many days, I become...
  • AK32

    Anxiety about approaching winter

    I live in Alaska & any Alaskan knows when August approaches that summer is coming to an end & winter is not far behind. Also...our state flower the fireweed when it blooms all the way to the means there's only 6 more weeks of summer left. So when I see the fireweed shooting up to the top...I start to get anxious & start dreading the oncoming winter. I want to be proactive about setting...
  • heatherhurts

    I am still here/anyone else?

    I did not leave ds for facebook. You have to give your full name to do it on facebook. Not me!So, are there any others beginning to feel some strength inside (which I never feel in the winter). I feel more solid, not so fragmented.Glory be the sunshine and warm temps we are getting. Is there anyone else still here?
  • blueviolet725

    Happy First Day of Fall

    Lets think happy thoughts.My house has had added insulation and I will be warm this winter. I have a propane fireplace...and I am hoping this winter will be COZY...I am not going to get depressed and stuff myself with carbs...I will be cozy. Think golden glow...even if by artificial means.What is one good thing you have planned for the winter?