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December 6, 2010

S.A.D. (Seasonal affective disorder), not just sad

by Accidental Bear

Its geting dark at 5pm now and 7pm feels like 10pm. Have you been draging a bit, low energy and depressed a tad ( heaven forbid!) May be you have something!!! No, not syphilis ( well maybe). Im talking about l Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I have seen it severely effect friends and wonder sometime what it would be like to hybernate for the winter (things that make you go hmmm). I mean, real bears do it.

Do other animals hibernate? What does it mean to actually hibernate I ask? And http://www.wisegeek.com answers ;

The list of animals that hibernate is extensive and not all animals on the list always hibernate. Animals most likely to hibernate are those that live in areas with extremely cold winters, and degrees ofhibernation may vary. The typical bear that hibernates doesn’t do so in the same manner as a ground squirrel for instance. Degree of wakefulness of animals in this state can change. Further, climate changes and a warming earth can have an adverse affect onhibernating animals. If the weather warms earlier than what is typical, animals may come out of hibernation, but still not feed, causing near starvation and sometimes death.

7 Signs you’re S.A.D. :

Sadness

Sleepiness and fatigue

Irritability ( oh god, ALWAYS)

Increased appetite ( the usual healthy one)

Carb cravings ( yes please)

Difficulty concentrating ( look a squirrel)

Loss of interest in sex ( thankfully, No)

Wikipedia says, ” Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year, experience depressive symptoms in the winter or, less frequently, in the summer,[1] spring or autumn, repeatedly, year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is “a specifier of major depression“.

“CURES”, Tips & whatevers :

  • Make sure that you spend at least 30 minutes outside every day. Even if you’re freezing and thoroughly disinterested in the bland horizon, force yourself to do something outside. Go for a long walk instead of using your car!
  • Use sheer curtains in your bedroom. Sure, thick and dark curtains often aid in sleeping soundly, but waking up to light has been proven to help remove some of the depressing kinks intertwined with seasonal depression.
  • Focus on nature. It’s easier to focus on nature in the summertime. The trees are all full with life, animals run around without hesitation, and the warmth doesn’t mandate that you wear bulky clothing that you’d rather not wear. One way to kick the depression though is to focus on the nature that is still vibrant during the winter. Consider going for a hike where there are pine trees!
  • Focus on nature. It’s easier to focus on nature in the summertime. The trees are all full with life, animals run around without hesitation, and the warmth doesn’t mandate that you wear bulky clothing that you’d rather not wear. One way to kick the depression though is to focus on the nature that is still vibrant during the winter. Consider going for a hike where there are pine trees!
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December 6, 2010

Pic of Day : Phlegm Explosion

by Accidental Bear

Flu season is here!

First year ever I’ve gotten my influenza shot, whooping cough shot etc etc. And every since my injections I had a slight cold.  A month later still sneezing and coughing and PHLEGM out the kazoo  month later. Discuss!


Check out more  of Mr. Moog pics here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moogy/

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