S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder


“I have used a small SAD lamp for many years now, and realise I need LOTS of natural daylight as part of my self healing regime.

SAD or seasonal affective disorder affects many people worldwide, most notably in countries furthest away from the Equator. Lack of natural daylight can induce a number of symptoms , mostly in winter, but in some sufferers all year round, including:

  • Lethargy
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Decreased libido…

I use my SAD lamp at various intervals throughout the year, beginning a treatment programme with an hour or so early in the day, then adjusting as needed.  I find it best to use the lamp in the morning, otherwise I feel too wide awake at bedtime.”

A little extract from my memoir/self help book

“Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow”

Happily, I have had no need of my SAD lamp since Friday, as the sun came out in all its glory!

The temperature remained in the high teens for five whole days, and I sat outside as much as possible.

I am incredibly thankful for these sunny days, as the Donegal weather is somewhat unpredictable…

Last May, I wrote about my experience with basal cell carcinoma in Put on your SPF!  Thankfully, I have had no recurrences, but I am ever mindful of wearing sunscreen not only on these sunny, spring days, but throughout the year.

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33 thoughts on “S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. My father in law used to use a SAD lamp. Nothing beats the real thing in my opinion but it’s definitely a great edition and obviously very effective. Thanks Brigid and all the best. xo

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  2. Thanks for this Brigid.. I think I’m going to invest in one as a present for my sister.. reading the symptoms, I think this may be a possible contribution to her current low mood.. xx

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  3. Thank you, Brigid for the info. It comes in handy because I have friends live in everywhere. I’m thankful to live in southern CA. I remember the first year I came to Portland, Oregon, it was March. Christmas in the same year, a whole bunch of students decided to drive to California. I was sitting in the sunny California for Christmas!!!

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  4. Brigid , great post where did you get your sad lamp from and whats it called. I get a bit sad.. but brighter days seem the are here in the uk albeit a bit cold. Thanks forcthe reminder.. i had a lamp befote but i just didnt like it. If only we would get more sun in the uk all year round..

    Oh an sun block i use that too.

    Have a lovely weekend


  5. What a wonderful and positive post Brigid.
    I didn’t know about your C diagnosis but I’m thrilled you are doing well now.
    Happy to hear the weather is turning for you now 🌸🌸

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      1. I’m not sure where it was but hopefully it’s somewhere subtle Brigid?
        Down here we have a very high incidence of skin cancer due to the weakening of the ozone and our climate in most parts of the country.
        Early detection like it sounds for you, is usually a good outcome. 🌟🌟

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