Managing possible Seasonal Affective Disorder? It feels really hard to connect to people.
November 14, 2010 4:46 PM Subscribe
I have been feeling really blah, negative and outrageously disconnected from the people I love lately. I'm pretty sure I have Seasonal Affective Disorder because something like this happens every winter. How do I stop feeling so blah, stop feeling so disconnected and lonely when everyone is right there? How about a light box? Those are expensive though, is there any way I can make one or buy a light bulb that mimics natural light and put it in my room?
posted by tweedle to health & fitness (9 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I dunno what else there is to say. I wanted to put all that stuff up front so everyone knows the full gist of this question which is basically how do I feel better.
I'm especially concerned about the feeling disconnected part. It's hard to explain. I just don't feel like I'm connecting with people.
I'm already on a bunch of anxiety meds that are also antidepressants... 50mg Zoloft, 100mg Wellbutrin, 30mg Buspar.. and then 1mg klonopin which is not an antidepressant.
I just started taking 2000 units of vitamin D today. Ummm. I walk a lot around campus every day, like more than a mile at least.
The weird part is I still feel really motivated and excited about things, like I still feel the need to do really well in school, I'm excited about next semester. I'm just having a lot of trouble relating to people and I feel bad. It might not be full blown depression but I still don't feel right and I want to change that. People are getting tired of me always being so negative which alienates them more.
I'm thinking instead of complaining to my friends about how lonesome/sad/whatever I am I could complain to a journal. But then I feel like that might just reinforce the negativity by making me write about it. I figure I could do that thing where you write three good things that happened because of you during the day. I could do both.
I dunno, I just want to feel better. And I'm really busy so more exercise isn't reaaaaalllllllllly an option.. unless walking faster to class or something counts.
Is it the fact I'm really busy? I am really busy. I take 18 credits at a school it takes me about an hour to get to, work 15-20 hours a week, volunteer with stuff... I want to take 18 credits next semester too because I'm excited but maybe that is contributing. Because more school=less time for friends.
I dunno. So, happy tricks, go!