I suffer from this seasonal depression. Light therapy has been shown to successfully treat the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wouldn’t know if it works or not though because I haven’t figured out where to put my lamp. Man I sure am full of excuses when it comes to taking care of myself.
I only need to sit or work near a light therapy box for approximately 30 minutes or more a day to gain results. The light therapy box gives off a bright, intense, artificial light that copies natural outdoor light. This light exposure is believed to modify your circadian rhythms and suppress your body’s natural release of melatonin. It has been proven to be quite effective in easing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I picked one up at Costco, but like I said, I have yet to use it.
Living the in the Pacific Northwest is a very difficult transition to make from bright and sunny Texas. I’ve lived here for 8 years and I still can’t seem to get rain as the accepted norm into my system. It is cloudy quite often here. I don’t even see a point in opening the blinds it’s just gloomy outside.
I stopped taking my anti-depressant because I think it was making me a mean person. I was always yelling at my kids and now I feel calm again. I feel like I’m slanting into depression again too though. So I’m wondering where to go from here. I know that with my upcoming surgery that I pull out of relationships and go further into depression. I always do this when something big happens in my life. Believe me, if I knew that I was going to have to have surgery I would not have stopped taking my meds.
I go in and out of depression so I should never have stopped my meds, all I want to do is crawl into my bed and get some more sleep. Thank goodness though God gave me two beautiful children to enjoy. They keep me going and make me smile. They always surprise me and surround me with love.