Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more than just the “winter blues” for me. I find it almost debilitating. I can definitely check the list of symptoms: difficulty concentrating, tendency to oversleep, irritability, feelings of anxiety and despair. Grey, dull, sunless days just about kill me. Hence the absence of my blog posts.
In terms of research about SAD, studies are ongoing in Canada and the United States as to the causes of SAD. No specific causes have been discovered. However, according to an article on the Mayo Clinic website there are various components to consider “as with many mental health conditions, that genetics, age and, perhaps most importantly, your body’s natural chemical makeup all play a role in developing the condition.”
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/causes/con-20021047 The article gives the following as possible reasons:
•Biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may disrupt your body’s internal clock, which lets you know when you should sleep or be awake. This disruption of your circadian rhythm may lead to feelings of depression.
•Serotonin levels. A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in seasonal affective disorder. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
•Melatonin levels. The change in season can disrupt the balance of the natural hormone melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.
I have ideas for blog topics, but am struggling to find my mojo to put them together. Besides which, I’ve been dickering around with some technical web stuff that drove me to distraction and added despair. I finally employed the services of someone who knows what they’re doing.
Sorry for this pitiful post, but my creativity presently is covered under the thick blanket of ice and snow shrouding the Canadian tundra. A sure-fire cure for this malady is to snow-bird it down to the sunny south which I’m doing in two week’s time. I think I’ll definitely find my mojo there! I’ll have some exciting blogs to share.