posted on Nov, 26 2014 @ 03:48 PM
a reply to: Hefficide
John, you have no idea how poigniant this topic is right now for me and how ironic the subject is at the moment.
I used to unknowingly suffer big time from S.A.D., or "winter blues" particularly when I came here to France to live in the middle of nowhere. After
doing some research and understanding more about it, it became much less of a problem and almost dissappeared because the mystery had been revealed
and changes to my lifestyle helped. I undersand there is the chemical side to why it happens but the mental effects just faded away with the knowledge
I learned and the physical effects are kept well in check. I have not suffered for many years now and remember discussing this revelation with my
family at the time and have done since.
Fast forward 10 years.....long story short....I have incredible grief happening around me at the moment due to uncontrollable influences and life is a
bottomless pit of poo. I am clinging on and trying not to slide deeper every day. I have told my family all about why life stinks and have done
regularly for a few years now. Then out of the blue a few days ago, I get a message from my mother saying she has spoken to my sister and between them
they have decided the reason I currently feel so low is because of S.A.D.
and my mother has ordered a special lamp from Amazon to help cope
with the disorder.
I was fuming at the time and stunned that they had come to that conclusion after everything we have discussed regarding my life. A phone call would
have revealed that S.A.D. was nothing to do with how I currently feel. I know they meant well but I am deeply upset at their ignorance.
I am left with the knowledge that everything I have told them about my life situation which is the culmination of a few years of grief has gone in one
ear and out the other to be replaced with something they think can be cured with a box of light.
I have great sympathy for those who suffer S.A.D., especially if they do not know they are a sufferer, but do not confuse this ailment with something
else because other problems should not be missed or ignored at the cost of a quick and often ignorant diagnosis.
Life sucks right now and I am SAD not S.A.D. Family can hurt far more than friends or strangers.
Be well you lot, we are here for you.....SAD or S.A.D.