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PhoenixFire 01-03-2019 00:00

Feeling bad today and yesterday
 
Things were going good for two weeks, despite an increase in anxiety and the worsening of my schizophrenia. Yesterday and today, I seem to be hit by the blues. Not severe depression, just very awful sadness. My blood sugar doesn't show much change (nothing I didn't see last week or the week before).

Does the weather really effect mood? I often blame it for headaches. It's super cold outside today and will be super cold tomorrow. I hate using weather as an excuse and I hate the idea that anything external has that kind of power over me. Maybe I just wore myself out?
:ballchain:
I'm so hungry I could go out and buy a big bag of popcorn and eat it in one sitting (my old weakness).

Lily B 01-03-2019 12:16

Hi PhonixFire it is a bad month for many January, there is a condition called SAD, which effects me badly, my anxiety is bad anyway but more so in Jan

rsfletcher 01-03-2019 15:43

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Originally Posted by PhoenixFire (Post 1314411)
Does the weather really effect mood? I often blame it for headaches. It's super cold outside today and will be super cold tomorrow. I hate using weather as an excuse and I hate the idea that anything external has that kind of power over me. Maybe I just wore myself out?
:ballchain:

In my opinion the weather has a significant affect on most people's mood. One of the big influencers is vitamin D production that most of us get from sun exposure.

I work with someone that suffers from some type of depression caused by lack of sunlight/vitamin D production and she has a sun light setup at her desk for that added exposure.

If you have a dark complexion the affect of lack of sunlight can even be greater.

I would try some Vitamin D supplements see if it brightens your disposition.

Not sure where you live but I live in a place where we only get 5 or 6 hours of sunlight this time of year, it's freezing cold and basically just plain crappy.

Hope things get better for you!

VeeJay 01-03-2019 15:45

I knew a woman who had SAD. She had a special light for this and sat next to it for an hour or so every day during the winter. I expect something like this light, which I assume was a full-spectrum light, would greatly help the depression of short and dark days of mid-winter.

I wonder if a grow light (or several at a time) would be helpful if one couldn't afford the other.

VeeJay 01-03-2019 15:46

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Originally Posted by rsfletcher (Post 1314491)
I would try some Vitamin D supplements see if it brightens your disposition.

I have a friend who swears by Vit. B complex for lifting her mood, but I don't think her problem is SAD.

PhoenixFire 01-03-2019 19:12

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I'm a high functioning (or "very lucid" is another term) schizophrenic and I have a low level depression, nothing that the doctor thinks I should be on meds for. I'm just told to try and exercise. I'm feeling a bit better today. I went out twice to get stuff from two stores. I'm in Ottawa, Canada and the days are a bit short. I'll pick up some vitamin D gel caps tomorrow—I was taking a calcium and vitamin D gummie but stopped because it's mainly candy. I once had a SAD lamp but got so bored sitting underneath it. I was supposed to just sit there for a hour. I don't think it did anything anyways. And, I had to get rid of it when I moved to my current apartment. Maybe I'll buy a smaller one for next year when I can save up the money.

PhoenixFire 01-03-2019 19:14

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Originally Posted by VeeJay (Post 1314495)
I have a friend who swears by Vit. B complex for lifting her mood, but I don't think her problem is SAD.

I have a chewable vitamin B that I was taking for stress. I have so many chewables that I think I'll just throw them out because they'll spike my sugar (I'd buy normal pills but I have a terrible gag reflex for bigger pills).

Lily B 01-04-2019 14:24

PhoenixFire try and get "high strength" VitD, people,who suffer with SAD usually go on this HS VitD from Sept thought to April....which for me has worked for a few years now, I hope it helps you
Here in the UK the Doctors say that low VitD is damaging and they can do a blood test to check levels of VitD, if very low they give you a very high dose for 3/6 months to get them back up again, then it's up to me to take over the counter dose through the winter months after that.

Lily B 01-04-2019 14:26

:wink2:
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Originally Posted by PhoenixFire (Post 1314511)
I have a chewable vitamin B that I was taking for stress. I have so many chewables that I think I'll just throw them out because they'll spike my sugar (I'd buy normal pills but I have a terrible gag reflex for bigger pills).

My high strength VitD are very small white tablets :smile2:

VeeJay 01-04-2019 14:42

I did an internet search on two liquid vitamins and found several hits for each. Most were for children, but not all of them.

"liquid vitamin d sugar free" and "liquid vitamin b sugar free"


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