Julia Batt

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Heath Ward Learn more

I’m SAD…

by Julia on 26 October, 2007

Once again, I’ve reached the point in the year where I’m down in the dumps and less focused on what I normally manage to easily. And, once again, I haven’t realised what’s the matter for weeks meaning I haven’t really achieved anything for at least a fortnight….

For about eight years now (diagnosed five years ago) I’ve suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Thankfully I don’t suffer too badly, but it does affect my working life (and now these days being a Councillor) a lot.

My main symptoms are;
I struggle to get out of bed and when I do get up I’m really tired no matter how many hours of sleep I’ve had. I feel miserable, fed up and then guilty because of all the stuff I haven’t achieved. I’m an even more grumpy git than normal and then to cap it all off I have no interest in talking to or socializing with anyone.

However, every year as soon as I actually ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ as it were and realise it’s just ‘that time of year’, I’m as good as cured! All I have to do is pop over to the chemist and buy some wonderful homeopathic solutions and ensure that I start making the most of every moment of daylight there is! This year, I’m going to buy some ‘daylight’ bulbs too, which I used to use, but have all since blown and need replacing.

So, to cut a long story short – I’m back! and here to stay (at least until this time next year…)

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