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Hi Alaska moma,<br><br>
DP and I are thinking of moving to Homer. I'm favoring it more that he is and one of his reservations is that he thinks I'll get Seasonal Affective Disorder (you know depression in the winter darkness). It's true that I get something kind a like that on the East coast, but we live in a very ungreen city. In the winter here, all I see is cement and sometimes dirty snow, so when spring comes, the flowers cheer me up. I never got depressed in the winter when I lived in Portland, OR because there was enough nature in the city that it was beautiful even in the winter. I think that I might feel a little stir crazy, but also will find the environment very beautiful in the winter in Alaska, so I'm not as concerned about it as he is.<br><br>
Any of you Alaskans get SADD? Does a light help enough or is it antidepressants or move away? Do you know if it's true that those who get outdoors to X-country ski etc don't get SADD so much?<br><br>
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Some other mama here might have more info but here is my <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies//2cents.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="2 cents">:<br><br>
you don't just 'get' SADD it has to do with a chemical imbalance in your brain so it would already be something <i>you either have or don't have.</i><br><br>
Everyone gets a little sad and groggy in the winter beacuse its dark and cold and 7you dont get outside a lot. But that is just being human. it's like getting tired and groggy when it's 119 outside.<br><br>
People that get out and are active outside do tend to do better then people who don't . fresh air and moving around are a good plan for anyone anytime and is always helpful.<br><br>
Homer is a great place, close to the sea and really fairly mild winters (alaskan standereds) close enough to go 'to the city' if you want to but not so close to be IN anchorage.
 

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Portland and Homer aren't so far apart from each other in terms of latitude. And it's like onyx wrote - you either have it or you don't.<br><br>
If you do have it, then exercise, daily light exposure, and a SADD light all help wonderfully.
 

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I have lived in and around fairbanks for 11 years. I was never effected by the light (or lack there of) in terms of "cabin fever" and such. I make it a point to get out as much as possible. The more you do, the better you will feel.<br>
Homer is much farther south and has more light in the winter then most of Alaska.
 

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I was raised here and suffered for decades before I knew what SADD was. (Teenage years were especially hard.)<br><br>
Over the past 11 winters since I have been back to Alaska (from college/travelling) I have found what works for me.<br><br>
A nice little sad light and a daily gentle cross country ski or a walk doesn't cut it for me. It keeps me from feeling half dead not wanting to get out of bed and weeping, but it's not enough.<br><br>
Looking back at my last 11 winters, the ones where I stayed happy and vibrant were when I was obliged to be outside for hours everyday (working) or vigorously exercising every day. I mean 1 hour of cardio with sweat dripping. And, when I wasn't exercising in the sun outside, it was in bright lights at a health club. AND tanning in a tanning bed a couple times a week. I also take SAM-e and cod liver oil daily.<br><br>
I know it sounds hard core, but that's the only thing that works for me. I am not an exercise junkie and could care less about getting a tan. (As I look down at my hairy legs and short grubby fingernails...) The side effect of this kind of treatment is a firm rear & lots of energy....which my husband always appreciates... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Now if I could just get myself to work out in the spring and summer...
 
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