According to the Melbourne Herald Sun Newspaper on June 24 2011, now that winter is upon us again here, that “for some, the cooler, darker months can bring debilitating depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). About one in 300 Australians suffer from it, as opposed to the more common “winter blues”. “SAD is a recurrent depression where people experience at least a couple of full blown clinical episodes of depression, which is very different to feeling a bit down and flat in Winter” according to one expert on the subject. “SAD symptoms include sleeping more, feeling lethargic, withdrawing socially, and an increased appetite, particularly cravings for carbohydrate-rich comfort foods, which can lead to weight gain’ “It’s believed a lack of exposure to light is to blame.”
So along with getting extra light, they also recommend keeping up exercising and socialising.
In other words getting out into the world and doing something and not being locked up in a darkened room in front of the Telly with a bowl of Chips at Hand! Now I don’t want to make light of those who really suffer from Depression, but it seems to this untrained eye, that a lot of these cases of Sad COULD NOT ONLYBE TREATED BY COMMON SENCE BUT ALSO AVOIDED COMPLETELY BY THE SAME COMMON SENCE!
Well that’s enough from me for now. I’m going to take my own advice and get out into our temporary sunshine and get some exercise in the Garden. If that doesn’t work, I can always take the dogs for a walk. Or walk to the shops. Whoa, getting tired just thinking about the opportunities I have for getting out into the light and exercising! So this time, it really is bye for now from me!