Friday, 18 January 2008

SAD




SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

Symptoms

Sleep problems: Usually desire to oversleep and difficulty staying awake but, in some cases, disturbed sleep and early morning wakening (CHECK! AND YES I AM SHOUTING!!!)

Lethargy: Feeling of fatigue and inability to carry out normal routine (CHECK!)

Overeating: Craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, usually resulting in weight gain (CHECK!!! I have been craving for and eating Amala (my okele of choice) at least 2-3 times each week! I even travelled all the way to Finsbury Park(way out of my way)to go and buy okro on monday this week after work!!!)

Depression: Feelings of misery, guilt and loss of self-esteem, sometimes hopelessness and despair, sometimes apathy and loss of feelings (CHECK!)

Social problems: Irritability and desire to avoid social contact (CHECK! I HAVE GONE AWOL FROM MY WEEKLY CHURCH AND CHOIR COMMITTMENTS FOR 2 WEEKS RUNNING. UNHEARD OF!!!)

Loss of libido : Decreased interest in sex and physical contact (NOT RELEVANT!!!)

The symptoms of SAD usually recur regularly each Winter, starting between September and November and continuing until March or April (AND YES,I'VE TRIED LIGHT THERAPY, ST JOHN'S WORT, WALKS AT LUNCTIME, AND ALL THE REST!!I HONESTLY THOUGHT I HAD ESCAPED IT THIS YEAR, BUT IT'S HERE NOW WITH A VENGEANCE! I WISH I WAS A BEAR!!!)

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14 comments:

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

aaawww, pele oh! Everyone gets the blues in the winter. Throw on some music and dance those blues away babe!

30+ said...

Kpele, eh ya sorry for all the symptoms except the amala of course. I will gladly join you on that.

Maybe you should start thinking of relocating relocating, relocating. Remember you were having itchy feet

Atutupoyoyo said...

The 3 Ms baby. Music, movies and men. Any 2 out of the 3 will soon get you out of the doldrums.

UndaCovaSista said...

@solomonsydelle - I dont even have the strength to do that :(

@30+ - Thanks o! And as per the amala, we can always worry about the calories in May...i think i'd have to relocate to Naija to be immune. Not sure i'm ready for THAT yet...

@Atutu - Thank you, but without sounding like a hypochondriac or anything,the only thing that's going to do it is the arrival of Spring!!!

Miss Iyabo Opeke said...

I feel U...but what can we do than juz try to stay afloat the whole misery of the winter blues...one day, we'll find a way to overcome it...

UndaCovaSista said...

@ miss opeke - i know...thanks :)

guerreiranigeriana said...

sorry to hear that...hope you are feeling happier soon...

Afrobabe said...

why was loss of libido not relevant.....lol...you obviously didnt loose that huh...

Naapali said...

Methinks it is time you headed for a bedouin tent in Marrakech!

UndaCovaSista said...

@guerreira - Thanks! it's one of those things like PMS i.e. you feel out of sorts, but dont know why. then it hits you and youre like 'duh!'. i think now that its hit me, i happier knowing i'm not going mad!!

@afrobabe - sorry...what was that? Lol..

@Naapali - i'm saddling up the giraffes as we speak (..i mean camels). are hallucinations another symptom of SAD, doc?

Florida of Free Spirit said...

LMAO. dat sounds like me on a normal day!!!

Arewa said...

sweetie we are in the same boat oohhhh...

UndaCovaSista said...

@florida - you, you're just another species altogther..lol!

@arewa - heya. hope you're coping well...dont worry, spring is on the way

Waffarian said...

Ah winter blues....its the same here...I normally go through the season reading everything I can get my hands on...and ehhhh, okay, I confess, eating candy!