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Thursday, December 9, 2010

A SAD day

It's been a long while since I last got on and said anything, not that anyone has noticed really... but anyway.... Lately I haven't done much at all besides studying for Accounting and Japanese and going to work. Tuesday night I had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with friends and discovering that I can play hard on Guitar Hero. Through this playing I found out that the song I've always enjoyed from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is titled Play with Me by Extreme. Gotta love it... And in other news we have a diagnosis of my psyche. I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or, as the convenient acronym is, SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) refers to episodes of depression that occur every year during fall or winter. Symptoms improve in spring and summer.


The disorder may begin in adolescence or early adulthood. Like other forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than in men.
Most people with the "winter blahs" or "cabin fever" do not have SAD. People who live in places with long winter nights are not necessarily more likely to have SAD.
The cause of SAD is not known, but it is thought to be related to many factors, including:
  • Ambient light
  • Body temperature
  • Hormone regulation
A rare form occurs in the summer.


Symptoms usually build up gradually in the late autumn and winter months.
  • Afternoon slumps with decreased energy and concentration
  • Increased appetite with weight gain (weight loss is more typical of other forms of depression)
  • Increased sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness (problems sleeping are more typical of other forms of depression)
  • Lack of energy and loss of interest in work or other activities
  • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unhappiness and irritability

I've observed most of these in me. Oh well. Here's a three-headed monkey. 

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