Blog – Where do I start?

All of the information on this website may be rather overwhelming, so I thought I would put together a quick start guide.

Are you sure it’s SAD?

The first step is to be sure that what you are experiencing is SAD.  Start by reading this page that explains what I think the main causes of SAD are.  Then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Has this happened for a few years with roughly the same pattern?
  2. Do I feel better when it’s a sunny day?
  3. Do I notice that I feel better around March or April?

If you answer yes to these it is possible you have SAD*.

From here it would be wise to visit your doctor.  They can perform a blood test to see if your vitamin D level is low and possibly suggest a course of action.

If you want to then take a path that does not involve medication you might want to take a look at the following pages of this site:

  1. Light Therapy Pt 1
  2. Supplements

These are the main routes people take to combat their SAD*  If you want to try these take a look at the Links page for more information.

After you have tried those routes there are a large number of other options listed throughout this site.

 

*Please see the disclaimer on the left of every page.

FAQ – How do I know if I have SAD?

The simple answer is the key is in the name; SAD is seasonal.

Although it may sound simple it can be hard to spot to start with.  We often don’t pay much attention to when we feel happy and when we feel low but if, looking back, you realise that your low times always come around the same time of year it’s a hint it may be SAD.

Do you always dread changing the clocks because you know it’s the start of a time where you feel depressed?

Are you always anxious in February?

Do you find that when the sun comes out you seem to get so much more done than on a dreary dark day?

If you said yes to any or all of these questions it’s possible you have SAD.

Take a look at the common symptoms to see if they sound familiar.