Depression and Weight Issues - seasonal depression and anxiety




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butterflygirljb
10-29-2013, 03:16 PM
Hello all.

I haven't felt well the past few days. So I went to the dr. I was told I I have seasonal depression and my anxiety it very bad this week. I have to make myself count my ww points. I wish I felt normal. Anyone else dealing with this?


shcirerf
10-30-2013, 12:59 AM
This time of year "SUCKS" for me!

I hate the short days, and my Exzema flairs up. And my back itches, and I'm major cranky!:devil:

And it's only going to get colder and crappier outside.

I HATE winter!:mad:

2 things that have helped. I take extra vitamin D in the winter, and I have a grow light next to my computer, sorta like fake sun!:D

JulesMarion
10-30-2013, 07:28 PM
My husband and I both struggle with seasonal affective disorder, it's been getting dark earlier here (Fairbanks, Alaska) and what has helped us overcome is a happy light, like shcirerf said, taking at least 4,000 IU of Vitamin D, eating better and making plans. Last winter we didn't really do anything because it was so cold out and so dark, and we felt it. This winter we have goals, are eating better, have plans to get out to a hotsprings nearby more often, exercise more, and we have limited the amount of time we sit in front of the tv, and we got a woodstove (YAY!) and won't have to fork out $4,000 for heating our 1,100 sq. ft. house. Good little things build up for a good winter, and the same goes in the opposite direction. Try adding one little good habit a week, or trying one new thing every week and it can help a lot!


butterflygirljb
10-30-2013, 10:37 PM
Thanks ladies. I just feel very numb. Tired. And just feeling bad. Not sure how to explain it. My husband is going to be having surgery soon and I'm very worried. On top of that I will be the one covering all bills and expenses for a month. So I'm just stressed. I just can't get out of this funk. I feel phisicaly I'll. My anxiety is up this week. Idk...

Catgoyle
10-30-2013, 11:57 PM
I also hate winter time, as soon as it gets that nip of cold air, my depression gets worse. I also had a very traumatic experience in the month of Nov when I was younger, so it usually subconsciously triggers moody emotions this time of year.
Every year I have real problems with it, almost losing my job because I can't stand to be around people this time of year.
I am trying to handle it differently this time, I am taking extra vitamin D and every day I try to go outside and be in the sunlight for at least 20 mins. Don't know how that will work once it gets really cold, but I am going to keep trying to do that. I can't afford one of those SAD lights, is there another type of cheaper light I can get to get the same effect?
Hopefully I will manage it better this year... it does suck already though.

kitkat2114
10-31-2013, 12:08 PM
I know this is bad for me, but I will do short stints in tanning beds during the winter. Those 5 minutes in the heat and light actually make me feel a lot better. I'm guessing it's a similar effect to the light boxes but I've never looked it up.

QuilterInVA
10-31-2013, 12:23 PM
I purchased Ott light bulbs (they give natural daylight) and replaced all the bulbs in my house over time. They are expensive, but I felt so much better last winter. They are readily available (other brands, too) at Joann Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, and do-it-yourself stores and lighting stores.

EagleRiverDee
10-31-2013, 03:15 PM
I also suffer from depression due to less daylight. What helps me is daily exercise (ideally outside when it's daylight- I try to walk at lunch), vitamin D (5000 IU a day), fish oil (omega 3 is important to mood), balanced diet and balanced sleep. It's made a big difference for me.

butterflygirljb
10-31-2013, 05:43 PM
I actually have some time left on my tanning package from the beginning of summer. I think iil use them five minutes at a time to see if it helps.

CrystalClear25
11-18-2013, 01:17 AM
I deal with those issues as well.. but usually my depression "acts up" in January - March. Winters are super long here.. and by that time it seems like it'll never get warm again. I try to get out when I can, especially on sunny days. I also plan things for myself to do regularly that I can look forward to and keep my head up about.

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11-23-2013, 07:22 PM
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good luck

GlamourGirl827
11-23-2013, 09:33 PM
I deal with those issues as well.. but usually my depression "acts up" in January - March. .

This. I'm "ok" now because I love the holidays! The anticipation, th music, decorating, baking...once Christmas is over, its long couple of months for me..I do what others suggested, try to get out during the daylight, exercise, big one is getting out during the day. If I stay in for more than a day or two I start to get very depressed, complete change in my mood..ugh...I dealt with this for years and didnt know what was going on, Im just glad I know now to take steps to helps it.

Dollfaise
11-24-2013, 05:36 PM
I've often wondered if I have SAD. I seem to get worse during the winter. It snowed yesterday so winter is "officially" here now and I'm hoping I remain stable.

coffeeshopgirl
11-29-2013, 10:50 PM
I feel the same way this time of year - depressed from lack of sunlight, feeling like I have to go to bed once I get home, eating to stay awake. Not fun at all! I looked up and started taking Niacin, which is an over the counter vitamin that is said to help with depression. Whether it's a placebo effect or not, it helps me out this time of year. I also wake up to a light timer (all year long).

I'm starting to conquer my SAD though. This time of year, I usually let myself sulk for a few weeks as I get used to the lack of light, dry skin, allergies, and overall depressed mood. Then, I kick myself into gear and get back into the gym. It's finally happening again - I've done my sulking and now it's time to start feeling better again.

Good thread ladies! Hope everyone has a plan to conquer their SAD!

:coffee:

Sasha29
12-29-2013, 11:22 PM
I was just diagnosed with SAD. It was such a relief to finally figure out why I've been so depressed and exhausted over the past four months. My bingeing has been out of control, and I gained 15 lbs. I've been craving greasy fried foods all the time and had absolutely no willpower to stop eating. I also couldn't concentrate. I was seriously considering taking a leave of absence from my job.

My doctor has me on Wellbutrin and 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D-3. I was on the Wellbutrin for a few months and wasn't feeling much of a difference. When I started taking the a Vitamin D, I felt an immediate boost in my energy and mood. Best of all, the cravings stopped, and I have no urge to binge. I am eating normal sized portions and making healthier choices. I lost 5 lbs in the past nine days. It's amazing what one vitamin can do!

amerrylife
01-01-2014, 04:27 PM
I haven't been diagnosed with SAD but do have some other anxiety diagnosis stuff from the past. I find everything is worse this time of year and the recent weather of cold and grey and short dark days has made it all worse.

I've been thinking about getting a SAD light when I can afford it and I've been trying to do other stuff to combat it like workout and take vitamins and all that.

pixelllate
01-02-2014, 04:14 PM
When I have dire life-issues, winter-time exacerbates my stress/feelings of helplessness.

Right now, life isn't perfect, but it isn't horrible either, so I am trying to experience winter by telling myself to "take advantage" of its pros. I feel a ton of sluggishness, so I make sure that at bare minimum, I am maintaining my diet/exercise routines and being proficient at work.

Sometimes the proactive-feeling I get in other seasons is a little TOO much, so in some ways, I don't mind this lazy feeling unless it presents a major problem for me. It also gives me time to calm down, reflect and the patience to read a lot.

ImALittleTeapot
01-04-2014, 06:33 PM
I was just diagnosed with SAD. It was such a relief to finally figure out why I've been so depressed and exhausted over the past four months. My bingeing has been out of control, and I gained 15 lbs. I've been craving greasy fried foods all the time and had absolutely no willpower to stop eating. I also couldn't concentrate. I was seriously considering taking a leave of absence from my job.

My doctor has me on Wellbutrin and 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D-3. I was on the Wellbutrin for a few months and wasn't feeling much of a difference. When I started taking the a Vitamin D, I felt an immediate boost in my energy and mood. Best of all, the cravings stopped, and I have no urge to binge. I am eating normal sized portions and making healthier choices. I lost 5 lbs in the past nine days. It's amazing what one vitamin can do!

This!

It's happening with me, too. I've been on Wellbutrin since September and it didn't seem to be making any difference, but after my checkup recently they urged me to remember to take Vitamin D and iron tablets every day.

During the holidays I was able to keep the portion control okay, still went on my walks from time to time, so for the first time in years I had a Christmas that didn't result in a 5-7 pound gain. :)