Just like fibromylagia,
and ADD (attention deficit disorder), Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD) is a hard to diagnose and easily disregarded or overlooked
condition or form of depression. Some people get the winter blues.
Some just feel sluggish and have a hard time getting out of bed in
the morning. But, for some it is a serious, almost debilitating
disorder. For some it can lead to an actual diagnosis for
For some it is just a
mild, temporary feeling of helplessness - a very minor form of
depression. For others it can be very serious. As evidenced in many
studies, 1 out of every 10 people have some manifestation of SAD.
And just like with regular depression, there have been cases ending
in suicide, progression into different forms of depression and
psychosis including manic depression, multiple personality disorder
indicators that one has SAD are sluggishness, sleeping over 10 hours
per day and still feeling tired, general lethargy, migraines that
can be quite severe and usually hit their peak with drops in
Studies have shown that depressed people are more susceptible to
temperature extremes which some researches have attributed to
evidenced lower sustained levels of electrolytes and essential
minerals and salts in the body and brain.
One of these is potassium.
It has been proven that low levels of potassium can bring on severe migrains. Another is vitamin D and sun exposure - many doctors
believe that the seasonal limited sun exposure and lower levels of
vitamin D produced at the cellular level in our skin can bring on
SAD all by itself.
SAD can begin at
any age, but is rarely evidenced in childhood. It occurs mostly
women age 35 and above. If one or more symptoms of SAD can be seen
it is strongly suggested that one seek appropriate medical care. It
could be something as simple as a chemical imbalance that a small
change in diet could quickly fix.
Sometimes a trip to a spa for a
skin treatment or skin peel can be enough to offset the condition.
Or it could be more severe. There is no reason to let this condition
go and suffer through it. With recent advances in medicine SAD can
be treated very effectively and the sufferers quality of life
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