Moody Weatherby Susan Moreno on Sep. 05, 2009, under General Mental Health, Health, mental illness, stigma
If you’re like me, you’re really anxious to get some rain here in the Old Pueblo. I was so excited when I saw that huge hurricane south of the Baja last week. I thought “this time we’ll definitely get some good rain.” Well, as of 4:30 pm Saturday the clouds have come and gone, come and gone, and now the skies are partly cloudy and I feel like they (the clouds) are just teasing me! What I want is a big, bank to bank, Rillito River filler! I want the news feeds on the bottom of the television screen to say, “Stay Home……heavy rain advisory, rivers and streams are overflowing, hundreds of lighting strikes, avoid downed power lines, etc.”
I don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that occurs in relation to the seasons, most commonly in winter. Light therapy, one of the hallmark treatments of S.A.D. certainly isn’t needed in this case…..with almost 365 days of yearly sunshine in Tucson, we definitely don’t have the cloudy days that Seattle has! But, what I wonder is…….Is there such a thing as ” too much sunshine and not enought rain” depresssion? One of the symptoms of depression can be irritability…….hummm, I may be on to something. I JUST WISH IT WOULD RAIN!!!!
Below is the list of Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms:
•Afternoon slumps with decreased energy and concentration
•Decreased interest in work or other activities
•Depression that starts in fall or winter
•Increased appetite with weight gain
•Increased sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness
•Lack of energy
•Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
Except for the depression that starts in fall or winter, seems like many of us can feel this way at the end of a long hot summer. But, unlike people that do have this diagnosis, I think I’ll be able to get through it. Seasonal Affective Disorder is nothing to make fun of and is very serious for those living with it, but it responds well to treatment. As for me…….I can’t wait for November!!