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I feel really sad in autumn/winter...why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Hi guys.. As the title say... I live in italy so i haven't sun all year long as carribean or brasil... And in this period autumn and winter i feel sad...every year.. It's not depression cause i feel better when sun is shining.. And also because I care about my diet, so i dont think to have a leaky gut ... I take D3 supplement everyday since 2 weeks...

Any advices?

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on November 12, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Interesting article, thanks TnQ.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:39 PM

The problem is that some people can't do these things because it feels completely uninteresting when you're in a state of winter depression. You may alleviate some symptoms by being active, but if the underlying cause is in your brain it's just not going to help completely. You need vitamin D, fatty acid and sunlight to be in optimal health.

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at 12:18 PM

I have the same problem. It's because I live in Ohio. I'm pretty sure nothing will "heal" me except a move to a sunnier place.

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on November 12, 2012
at 12:04 PM

I don't take vitamin D and there is no sun where I live but I never feel sad. When I get a stomachache (like now) I find a way to entertain myself. I either watch something funny, or call my friends or think of some jokes or pranks or do something funny with my family. We all have an entertainer streak in us (except for my dad).

Have you ever tried watching funny movies? Or doing something outrageously funny?

I think you need to find a way to bring some dopamine into your system. You live in Italy - so many people would love to live in Italy. Just go out there, take your friends and do something for fun - like play frisbee with pizza or just run around. Think of some fun things to do. What would make you happy right now?

If I were in Italy at this very moment, I would go for a swim in cold water - it is so invigorating! Or take your dog for a walk (if you have one). If you don't have a dog, take a cat - it will run away and you will spend the next hour looking for it. If you are lucky, it won't come back for a week so you can make cute WANTED posters. Have you ever had a pet parrot? They are extremely entertaining, especially when they peck you on the head. It hurts like hell.

Anyway, keep yourself busy. Close that laptop and go for a walk. Computers are depressing. There is more to life than the Internet.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:39 PM

The problem is that some people can't do these things because it feels completely uninteresting when you're in a state of winter depression. You may alleviate some symptoms by being active, but if the underlying cause is in your brain it's just not going to help completely. You need vitamin D, fatty acid and sunlight to be in optimal health.

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on November 12, 2012
at 10:34 AM

sounds on the face of it like Seasonal Affective Disorder, even if it's not what you might call full blown depression.

there are plenty of treatments available like light boxes, fish oil (i'm skeptical of this one) and other interventions like exercise and meditation (this is especially useful i find).

regarding the vitamin d it takes a little bit of time for the levels to rise as i understand it, at least that's what happened in my case.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:35 PM

Go for walks outside (keep active in general - releases endorphins), DO things - socialise and talk to people, keep busy, stay in the bright light, eat well, sleep well and fill your life with the things you love.

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on November 12, 2012
at 11:34 AM

I have the same condition. It's most likely, as the other poster said, Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am tired, uninterested about everything, unable to go to sleep and wake up at normal times and starving for carbs. I have managed to alleviate 90% of the symptoms, though I'm still having a hard time adjusting my wake hours due to the sun going down at 4 in the daytime here. Here are my solutions:

Fish oil (I take three tablespoons daily in addition to eating quite a lot of fish) and large amounts of Vitamin D (I use a cream that gives 10.000 IU, the same amount as one hour in the sun at equator) are the two best alternatives. I would highly recommend light treatment too, as it has made quite a difference for me personally in terms of energy levels and the ability to regulate my day/night cycle. Another thing you should consider is a dusk and dawn simulator (like those philips wake up light alarm clocks). Using a tanning bed once in a while may also be beneficial. You should also watch your alcohol, caffeine, carbohydrate and nicotine intake, as your body's neurotransmitters and hormones are already unbalanced due to lack of sun and anything contributing to the worsening of this is not a good thing.

Personally I don't use a normal light box though, I use one of these: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2059400/Seasonal-Affective-Disorder-Shining-light-ear-brighten-winter-mood.html which seems to be working. I really find the theory behind it interesting, that the primal brain is photosensitive and therefore many neurotransmitters as well, such as the production of serotonin and melatonin which could be the explanation for why so many have the blues in the winter.

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on November 12, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Interesting article, thanks TnQ.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:12 PM

I think that you are experiencing SAD (seasonal affective disorder) also. I've started noticing it with myself lately. I think some individuals are more suseptible to it than others. And Vitamin D really doesn't seem to be helping me even though I take 9000IU of D3 daily. I have a light box, however, and that does seem to help a bit. It is similar to this one here. Mine is an older model and looks a little different. If this is something that usually happens to you every year at this time, then I would give this kind of therapy a shot. Good luck!

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:04 PM

The obvious answer should not be set aside so easily. Go outside.

I use to get really blue once they turn to clocks back around Halloween. Now I go for a hour's walk every day no matter how cold or nasty it is out side. If I can I take off my hat and let the sun shine on my face and head. I live in northern Vermont, so it can be done.

Remember, there is no such thing as cold weather, just cold clothes. Get yourself some good insulated waterproof hiking boots, some loose layers, a good wind proof jacket and a neckie.

Not only will you not get SAD, but you will be healthier in every way.

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