Feeling "SAD" There's A Reason Why

Word out of Pennsylvania Tuesday from Punxsutawney Phil is that we're going to see six more weeks of winter after the groundhog spotted his shadow.

The news came on a pretty gloomy out Tuesday.

Instead of dealing with the snow, we're trying to stay out of the rain.

So if you've been feeling a little down the past few weeks don't worry, you're not alone.

That depression actually has a name it's called S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

A condition that affects the way some feel during winter months.

Experts say one theory is that sad is the result of a lack of Vitamin D which the body produces in response to exposure to sunlight.

Without that sunlight, some get seasonally depressed.

Now even though students say they're dealing with some depression, they don't actually mind the snow, just what comes after.

Most of them and have been sliding around on the roads for the past few days.


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  • by Boo Who on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Drink your milk for the vitamin D and deal with it. People are always looking for a reason to blame someone or something on their lack of performance. Put your big boy or girl pants on and get on with it.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    Satanic Associative Disorder or S.A.D. is spreading like wildfire around the world. Satan is the prince of this world. Resist the devil & his ways & he will flee from you. Turn to Jesus Christ, The Truth, The Life & The Way. There's only one mediator between God & man and that is Jesus Christ. Too blessed to be stressed. True joy & happiness comes from Jesus Christ.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    If it was not for fishing, surfboards, golf, my family, and the football team at ECU, I'd be a sad guy. This all together makes me happy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    To crajker I agree with you 100 %. I'm just saying that with God life can be much better in all curcomstances.He can be with you in the lowest valley.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    *smacks forehead* Adjustment??? Doh! LOL
  • by Elizabeth Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    I would like to point out that while your writen story refers to SAD as seasonal affective disorder (whi is how it is listed in the DSM IV TR, the dignostical manuel used by mental health professionals), your reporter in the clip kep refering to it as Seasonal Adjustment Disorder... I would like to see a correction mentioned on air or on line. Thank you
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Bill: While that is absolute truth, not all things are cured by purely spiritual interaction with nothing else done. God placed us in physical bodies, in a phyiscal world, with physical needs - and gave us the physical elements to care for it, which require our attention and responsible management. When those things are neglected, whether it be nutritional, environmental, social, activity, or anything else, the body suffers. Some of us were also dealt disadvantages for whatever earthly reason that are challenging to live with, and require extra attention over the standard ones. Please also understand that S.A.D. and similar imbalances are NOT AT ALL the same as an ordinary "feeling blue" mood. It would be like telling someone with Chronic Fatigue that you know what they feel like because you get "tired" too. Unless you've been inside having a catastrophic illness, or a clinical mood problem, you cannot know what it's like.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Please give this a try before knocking it. Whenever i feel sad i talk to God,or read some of the Psalms in the Bible. They are Very insperational and uplifting. Some of my favorits are #91,and #37 #1 #150 actually to many to mention. I think Psalms is the best means of comfort in every situation. Also insperational Gospel Music actually excites the heart and soul with Hope.
  • by Rope on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:01 AM
    One word for your "depression".. THC. Makes my day much brighter, as well as swimming 1500 meters 4 days a week.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:37 AM
    As long as you're not on any type of antidepressant, MAOI etc... 5-HTP can be very effective for some people too. Some people are photosensitive and even artificial sources of the type of light you need can hurt them, so at least there are options. Exercise is a big factor as well, so if you're able to get activity that helps.
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