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I’m sorry that I’ve neglected this blog. Things have been very hectic in my life, though luckily not because of my bipolar disorder. School has been kicking my ass and my family has been having drama.

Every fall and winter I end up “breaking through” my meds. Like many people with bipolar disorder, I also have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly known as the winter blues. When the days start to get shorter and darker my moods go haywire. I get extremely depressed and unmotivated. My (very unscientific) theory is that the chemical imbalances in my brain are increased by the changing of the season, which means that my meds can’t control all of my disorder.

I have a lightbox that simulates natural sunlight. All you have to do is turn on the lightbox and sit in front of it for 15-30 minutes, and it helps with the lack of sunlight that causes the mood swings from SAD. This year, however, I’ve been doing much better. I haven’t had to use my lightbox so far, which makes me very happy. Koios and my new place has a ton of windows so I think I’m getting more of the little natural light that remains than I did at our last apartment. I would recommend a lightbox to anyone, even those without SAD. Koios has mentioned that he feels better on the days that I turn it on.

That’s all that’s happening with me. Feel free to comment with other SAD treatments that have worked for you!
-Ashes

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