I thought some of you might find this interesting/helpful, since it came up recently in another thread.
I bet you the amount of people with depression symptoms increases in the Winter.
Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
Next: San Francisco Marathon
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
fo sho. I definitely feel like my ability to harness positive energy decreases in the winter months due to a decrease in daylight and the fact that I tend to "hermit out" to avoid the cold. I'm sure that's common.
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I'm also pretty much a hermit, aside from running. I can't be bothered to go out for drinks or something, and put on nice clothes (layers of nice clothes, that is) and go out in the cold, salt, slush, and grayness. I also feel crankier and more moody in the winter. I sort of feel like I'm barely hanging on by a thread currently!
Mile 5:49 - 5K 19:58 - 10K 43:06 - HM 1:36:54
I don't remember where you live MJ, but here spring is right around the corner. So is daylight savings time, YAY! Hang on, if only by a thread
DON'T TREAD ON ME
i didn't think i had S.A.D. but last weekend i went to Miami and man! I felt great! Really really uplifted and my mood was incredible.
I go out in the cold all the time, and it helps. But still I have what's probably a low level of depression in the cold months. Probably my least favorite time of year is the end of summer.
Running and working out keeps me off meds. I went through a # of them for 5 years, and noticed I do better when I can work out. My step-daughter has found that light therapy helps her during the winter.
I get it really bad, despite meds and a therapy light. It's been worsened by injury and not being able to run. It gets so bad that it negatively affects my marriage. It's more than just a little moody. I also take a multivitamin that has 2000iu vitamin D. Plus I take an additional 2000 of just vitamin D. For me, there seems to be no cure.
I may be slow but I never quit.