Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The sun started setting at 2:30 pm today. 2:30 pm.

To those who don’t think that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, I’d encourage them to try to live somewhere where the sun doesn’t rise until 11 and it starts setting at 2:30. The darkness, it really starts to weigh on you.

37 thoughts on “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  1. Yikes, that’s brutal. I remember living in Western Europe, which isn’t even that north, but seeing the sun set by 4pm was unbelievable. Here in LA, it sets around 5pm, but in any case, the winter blues really set in. Once spring arrives, things will look up!

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  2. In 1997 I lived the majority of the year in the Cotswolds (England). I remember the winter months having a rather disparaging lack of sunshine and I honestly can’t remember seeing the sun very often at all the entire month of February. Although the summer months were fucking brilliant, with the sun going down after 10PM!!

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    1. When I was younger I used to go to tanning beds. But when I clued into how bad that was for me, I stopped doing that.

      Now I don’t really have a lot of ways to deal with it. For the most part, I promise myself to get outside, at least once, while the sun is up. Even when I don’t want to leave my bed.

      I remember when my parents lived in the Northwest Territories and we went up to Tuktoyaktuk for Winter Solstice. We were there for a couple of days and literally the whole town would come out when the sun came out because they quite literally just needed to see the sun. They made an event out of it.

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      1. I’ve read somewhere that there’s these lights that people can buy that allow for Vitamin D synthesis but they can be pricy. I’m seriously considering buying one. I’ve got a lamp to grow plants indoors which we can’t use cause of the cat (he eats the plans and gets sick), but I’m wondering if it’s similar to those Vitamin D lamps? Hmm…

        You could try Vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D supplements don’t do much for me though. I’ve never been to a tanning bed so idk much about them 😐 It’s a struggle leaving the house because a) It’s fricken cold outside and b) it’s icy which is a safety concern

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      2. I actually do take Vitamin D. It’s one of those vitamins you’re deficient in when you have Celiac Disease, so it’s one of the things I take daily. Don’t think it helps with SAD though.

        That lamp sounds like a tanning bed light, actually. haha

        I wish I knew how to get through the feelings. I wish I knew how to cheer one’s self up. If I had the magic, I’d share it. The winter here thus far has been much more mild than what you’ve gotten in AB. So I know what you mean when you say it’s Icey and Cold.

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      3. You have Celiac Disease? Sorry for my ignorance, I had no idea… that’s so rough man. Cutting out gluten must be really challenging. My mom’s friend has Celiac and gets intense pain if she eats something with gluten in it.

        That’s too bad that Vitamin D supplements don’t help much with SAD. Perhaps a lamp would be the way to go then. Indeed, they do sound like tanning bed lights without the negative health effects.

        It’s so icy outside that I don’t even want to walk to the dumpster to throw out the trash. It’s not safe outside due to the ice and my balance sucks. Idk how I even managed to walk to campus today but it took 2x longer than it should have (yes, I actually timed it).

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      4. I meant to add this: That sounds like a really fun experience seeing the Winter Solstice. I couldn’t imagine living in the Northwest Territories. Idk how the people live without sun for long periods of time. 😔

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      5. I highly recommend everyone get far enough North to see both the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice. They’re both magical events to be a part of. Honestly, I think if I were wealthy enough, I’d try to see them from as near to the South Pole as I could get too.

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      1. I remember sitting in the classroom and looking at the window hoping to see some daylight. First period, then the second. And then some pink appears in the middle of the third one. And when you get out of school, it’s already dusk, and you are trying to catch these last minutes of “not night”/

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      2. You’re speaking directly to my soul right now. Seriously. This is the probably the most accurate depiction of it – trying to catch the last few minutes of ‘not night’.

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      1. It is pretty rainy to be fair. The long nights can be a bit dreary but on nights where it’s clear skies, you can see so many stars. I’ve even managed to glimpse the outline of the Milky Way from a completely dark and secluded hilly area. Many benefits to the darkness.

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    1. Honestly, with Canadian winters, I’m surprised it hasn’t affected you! Especially with those cold Saskatchewan nights. Because Saskatchewan winters are way more harsh than BC winters.

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      1. It does affect me. Too many long dark evenings are horrible for me.
        Yeah, Saskatchewan winters are crazy. We had snow before Halloween, it is now gone. The temperature for today will 10 degrees Celsius..

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    1. Ugh. I know. It’s amazing how drastic the daylight change is just going from here to closer to the US border. I have a friend in Toronto and he’s like ‘I really don’t understand what yo mean’. Then he came an experienced it and was like ‘Dang…. it’s a whole new world up here’.

      P.S. I’m going to officially start referring to myself as solar powered.

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