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Daylight saving-time and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Well, it’s that time of year again, time to turn the clocks back an hour tonight. I dread this change every year because it signals to me the beginning of the end of my natural cheerful and upbeat disposition, agreeable temperament, and boundless energy. Okay, I never had those traits, not even in my twenties or at any time in my life. I have always been a bit of a contrarian, had a foul temper (verbally, at least) that I have managed to control through years of utter hard work, and been on the verge of exhaustion on most days of my life. But once the time change sets in, the exhaustion deepens. I know, I know, I should try to follow the advice of the health and fitness experts who a href=”http://health.msn.com/centers/depression/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100147522″give all kinds of tips /a such as “go outside, exercise and go for a twenty minute walk a day, and take vitamins.” br /br /My results? The outdoors gives me allergies and makes me even more fatigued, walking makes me dizzy combined with all the heart meds I take and those vitamins hurt my stomach. So after this advice, my mood turns even darker. Is it a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593851162?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1593851162″Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1593851162″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Who knows? Many colleagues and others a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C15P7A?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000C15P7A”suggest light therapy devices./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000C15P7A” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /Does SAD really exist? Most psychologists and experts say “yes,” but other studies such as this one found that a href=”http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/157/2/234″the Icelandic population did not suffer /a from seasonal mood changes like other populations. Could SAD be culturally induced, caused by the media or companies who want to sell light therapy devices? Or is it real? br /br /What do you think?