does anyone here get seasonal affective disorder. i am currently on buspar for anxiety and am in counseling for depression. have tried anti's and had a lot of problems with them. the last couple of weeks i have had an increasing loss of energy. 2 weeks ago i took a walk almost every day. this week i can hardly get out of bed. a little less than a week ago i came down with a stomach bug and a few days later it hit the intestines. i don't know what is causing this extreme fatigue. sleep 8 hours a night and a couple hours every afternoon. can hardly move the rest of the time. started st john's wort a few days ago and am starting my sad light. not so down in my head but more in my body.
I have never been diagnosed with Seasonal Disorder but I can see a difference in my attitude and well being during the winter months. I do not like the cold, snow, ice, gray gloomy days. I go to bed early, and can't drag myself out of bed in the morning, even with 10 hours of sleep! Days like today, cold, but sunny, I get more done and am a happier person at work. Has anyone recommended a light for you? Blank on what they are called, but like a sun lamp. I know many people will use a tanning bed once in awhile during the winter to help them feel like they have sun. (I know, I used to work in the tanning industry)
Also, do you think you may be coming down with the flu or some other infection? You mentioned a stomach bug. Some illnesses drag on for weeks.
Good luck, take care of yourself.
How much Buspar do you take a day? I am taking 30mg. broken up into 4 times a day to make the total of 30. I also take St. John's Wort, have been for about 3 months. I think they work well together and yes I have sad also. I have a therapy light in my basement where I watch tv and work on picture puzzles while I'm sitting under it. I have been back on Buspar for 6months now. I had three really great weeks just before Christmas and then the day after Christmas I started to feel yukky and every day has gotten a little worse, sort of after the holiday blues breaking through the medicine. I will be so glad when I start to go back the other way again.
Maybe you are having an after holiday crash also and it does not help to get a touch of the flu along the way. I hope you feel better, maybe it will just take some time to get going again. Take baby steps. I always remember that from therapy.
thanks for the replies. i think the st john wort's was making me feel tired. i am using my light. the last couple of days i am down in mood but up in energy. maybe a little let down from christmas although my expectations aren't that high in the first place. i think i have a realistic expectation in that area. anyway off the st john worts. we will see. i am taking 60mg of buspar. 30mg twice a day. i sed to be on 30mg but after 2 years my anxiety came back. so it was upped. hope you all have a happy and blessed new year.
OK.. yes I have it SAD, if it rains, or whatever if there is no sun I can stay in bed. The snow, rain, ice , etc doesn't bother me. It's just if the sun isn't shining. blah......the brighter the light , sooooooo much better. When it does snow and the sun is shining on the ice and snow it brings on a fantastic light. Does anyone feel this way?
Have you tried taking vitamin D in the dark days of winter? Fish Oil is helpful. When it's cold out, which is pretty much every day until, oh, May! I really don't want to go out, but my dogs end up staging a messy protest and I have no choice.
I've tried lots of remedies with varying degrees of success, but I never, never have returned from a walk and said "Boy, I feel worse than ever". It's just getting out there that's the hard part.