Patient Comments: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Comment from: Rhonda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I think it was over use that caused my hamstring injury. I went on a bike ride, up hills, went on a walk up hills and went on a hike, up hills. Then I drove a tractor for two days. On day three my leg just gave up! Such pain! So now it has been three weeks. I'm thinking I'd better go to a physical therapist to help me rehabilitate it. I can walk fine, I just can't do stairs, especially down! So frustrating!

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Comment from: Amanda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I am 35 and have SAD (seasonal affective disorder). My mom and grandma both have depression. I spend most weekends in the winter in my bed. All I want to do is sleep and eat carbs. I'm sad most of the time and very irritable. I'm on Celexa and it seems to help. I'm very fortunate that my husband picks up, does housework, and is a dad and mom to our children during these winter months. I work outside the home and hate getting up in the morning.

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Comment from: Ant, 13-18 (Patient) Published: January 20

My SAD first started in late September with mild anxiety. In early October, this escalated into what felt like a panic attack in the night. This left me nervous for weeks and with very high anxiety levels. This anxiety continued in waves making me quite depressed and caused withdraw from friends. Around Christmas I began to get aches in my lower back, back of my neck and mild headaches. I also developed an extreme lack of appetite. During this time I had crying spells, fatigue and a constant background feeling of anxiety and fear for no apparent reason. My sex drive and emotions were very low. Getting up in the morning was very difficult. Going to work however often made me feel a lot better, keeping my mind busy. Weekends, particularly Sunday evenings feel worst, when my mind is allowed to dwell on feeling SAD.

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Comment from: Susolov, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

Ever since I was a child, I have had SAD in the fall, but I didn't know what it was until several years ago. Every September and October, I feel lethargic, weepy, irritable, and hungry (maybe that has to do with all the goodies around during the "Eating Season." The symptoms are triggered when I go outside and the sun is hot, but the air is cool. Additional Sun does not help me, it makes me feel worse. Additional light is so annoying. People ARGUE with me that it's not SAD if all the symptoms don't occur. This is also very ANNOYING. My advice to people who want to give advice to someone with SAD is to keep it to themselves. It only makes matters worse--especially irritability. I take Vitamin D3 and other supplements regularly.

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Comment from: Scorpio12, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I'm 26 and just realized that I have SAD. Last year I was feeling the same symptoms but didn't pay any mind to it. Now I find myself always hungry and buy a lot of carbohydrates at the grocery store. Every time I step foot outside I feel so nauseous and tired. I over sleep in the winter, but once spring or summer hit I wake up early and sometimes feel refreshed. I look so forward to spring and daylight savings. I just came to the conclusion that I HATE WINTER!

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Comment from: Red Rose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

As early as the beginning of October I begin to feel down and tired. I was not aware of SAD until one of my bosses pointed out to me. He mentioned that towards fall season I was not as productive and cheerful. I try my best to naturally treat SAD by sitting out in the sun for a while, exercising and remaining active with family and friends. But I have taken Wellbutrin in the past. Medication do help so do not deny yourself help with medication if need be.

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