I am a 47 year old male and have battled general depression for 20 years but these last few years I have noticed that I am very affected by the lack of natural sunlight in the winter months.
Things are now different as I now have got myself a job after 19 years of being unemployed, which has been a great help not only to my depression but my life in general. It has given me the confidence to talk with my GP about coming off my antidepressants this year as when I'm at work I feel so good and full of life.
BUT suddenly last November I seem to crash, everything seemed like 30 times the effort, I was making a lot of careless mistakes at work because my concentration is affected and away from work all I want to do is sleep in bed. I regularly use light therapy but it only just about gives me the energy and brain stimulants I need to get by at work, which sometimes involves me getting up at 5am, in the cold and dark - and it's still both a good hour and a half into my shift. I tend to be better on colder less cloudy days as the sunrise and sunset is not impeded by cloud. I am quite unaffected by cold and negative temperatures...it's purely light.
How do other people cope holding down employment that in the non-winter months they would otherwise enjoy and give their all effortlessly - whilst doing battle with SAD?
David, Midlands, United Kingdom