SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as winter blues. Off and on over the years I have had issues with depression of one degree or another. Since moving to Texas I have been off of any medication and have done remarkably well until this December. Besides the weather effect, there have also been some external circumstances that have contributed to my mood being less than ideal. Money has been the largest problem, or rather the lack there of. Some family issues have added to the stress as well. My husband knows there is something wrong, but has a hard time really hearing me when I try to explain it to him. He is always convinced there is more to it. I can't even begin to talk to my family about depression. I wish it wasn't something that was constantly hovering over me or even close by me.
Depression for me is more than just feeling sad. It is having no motivation, feelings of despair, and anxiety. Fatigue and headaches are common, and just feeling physically and mentally run-down. I have an ott-lite that I am using today, but that limits me to my bedroom. It is raining outside today, so trying to go outside for sunlight is out. I feel deep hunger for the beech on a warm sunny day. I now understand why so many people who can afford it choose to travel south during the winter, opting for Florida, Mexico or some tropic area.
There are so many things that I WANT to do but just do not have it in me to even begin. I want to begin composting and preparing for a spring garden. I want to clean my house until it sparkles. I need to take some things to my storage unit. Prepare dinner. All of these desires seem to further compound my feelings of hopelessness as I cannot even see a time or way to begin any of it. This snowball effect can be devastating if not controlled soon.
So many well-meaning people will say to just get up and do it anyway because it needs to get done. Get over it. Stop being so self-absorbed. Think more positive. Pray. Be thankful for what you have. This lack of understanding from those around me bring me down even more. Pressure to change me, to get better, get over it, these things do not help.
Support and understanding are two of the best things for a person who is suffering from depression. If you know of someone who is suffering from depression, don't pressure them or belittle the way they are feeling. Love them and let them know that you are there for them.