"SEATTLE – Have the winter blues extended into Spring?
Doctors at Swedish Hospital in Seattle believe there is an “uptick” in people suffering from seasonal affective disorder, due to the extending string of rain and clouds.
“We know it’s very real, very true, and very disabling,” says Dr. Lina Fine, who specializing in diagnosing the disorder, and sleep medicine. “It affects people with no known mental illnesses, in the dark months,” and with this year, “they can just not get out of the rut.”
Fine says low fatigue, energy, irritability, and difficulty sleeping are all side effects from the disorder. Drinking several cups of coffee is considered a no-no. She often prescribes small doses of melatonin and Vitamin D, in addition to light exposure to combat SAD.
Nearly 10 percent of people in the Puget Sound, according to Fine, suffer from some form of the disorder, and that’s nearly 10 times the amount of people who live in Florida."
I just came across this little piece on King 5 (a local news station) and thought: Hey, they're talking about me!
I always show you all the fun pictures etc., but oh boy, once in a while this dark cloud creaps up and it is so difficult to get rid of it. I do have to admit though that since I've started blogging I've been feeling MUCH better so Thank You! (smile)
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I'll be spending another day outside with work both in the yard and at Little Bit and maybe even a trip to Flower World, a ginormous nursery about 40 minutes away from here. That should give me plenty of Vitamin D to get me going again right? Just in case, I've turned on my special lamp again for some light therapy...