Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Are You a Victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Many parts of the country are entering the fall season, which I consider one of  the most beautiful times of the year. The trees are an outrageous pageant of color and the sun sheds a special glow across the entire countryside. Festivals, hayrides, and apple cider entice our senses to taste life and savor its goodness. Thanksgiving will usher in homecomings, pumpkin pie and frosty mornings. Christmas waits in the wings with its collage of twinkling lights, family celebrations, and warm memories.
In spite of the charm and appeal of the changing seasons, some people see it as the harbinger of an annual struggle with overwhelming fatigue and blue moods. As shadows lengthen and days grow shorter, many battle emotional swings and lack of energy. Once the holidays are behind them, they begin a desperate countdown to spring. These individuals, and I formerly was among them, are often victims of a syndrome called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

In the coming days, I will share some information gleaned from my own research into SAD, as published in the December 2003 issue of Kentucky Monthly Magazine under the title, Fighting the Winter Blues. Whether you suffer from SAD or you know someone who does, I invite you to return to Digging In God’s Garden and dig deeper into this subject. 

                                                                                           © Laura Allen Nonemaker

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