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Seasonal Affective Disorder | SADly Misunderstood (You mean it can occur in the summer and include mania?)

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, SAD, seasonal depression – all supposedly meaning the same thing. And all tossed-around freely this time of year. But do you know what SAD really is? It’s often misunderstood, and that’s a big no-no when it comes to the mood disorders. What say we get it right?

Okay, so I get all sorts of come-on’s from folks wanting me to feature their work, product, brilliance, scams, etc. on Chipur. Flattering, I suppose. However, the vast majority of the dogs don’t hunt.

I was contacted recently by a rep of Yellowbrick – a private, physician-owned and-operated psychiatric healthcare organization in Evanston, IL, serving emerging young adults. The guy wanted me to spread the word on a seasonal affective disorder infographic authored by Founder and Executive Medical Director Dr. Jesse Viner.

Know what? I liked it – a lot. And since I’ve been thinking about posting an article on SAD, I’m bringing you the infographic. By the way, no greasing of palms involved.

Enough from me – read and learn…

Shining Some Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Shining Some Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Shining Some Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Sweet, don’t you think? Plenty of important info, and easy on the eyes. There’s actually a bit of copy accompanying the infographic, so I’m going to send you to Yellowbrick to catch it all.

Seasonal affective disorder, SAD, seasonal depression – call it what you’d like. But please make sure you understand what it is. ‘Cause when it comes to the mood disorders, no boo-boos allowed.

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  • Oh my gosh, Bill – this has EVERYTHING! I’ve known several people (and still do know a few) who suffer from SADs. As always – you make a very serious mental health concern understandable and make one feel as if they really can feel better now that they understand it and the steps to take to “fix” it. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, my friend!

    • No doubt, the doc did a great job on the infographic. You know, there are so many misconceptions about SAD (as with all emotional/mental situations). So much of stomping-out stigma is about education and passing the learned word. And let’s not forget about the importance of solid treatment decisions grounded in fact.

      You’re such a loyal visitor and contributor, Lisa. It’s appreciated. Best to you and your family this holiday season…


  • Great infographic, Bill. Good information to know since it affects so many people. You do such a wonderful explaining so many of the emotional/mental situations so that we have a clearer understanding. Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you do!

    • Happy Holidays to you and your family, as well, Cathy. Always appreciate your faithful visits and contributions. Knowledge is power, right? ‘Course, we have to make sure it’s understandable so folks can do something with it. That’s always been a goal of mine here, and I’m glad you believe it’s working…

  • npeden

    Love this infographic. A lot of info in a visual; how nice. I used a SAD light for years but now that my mutations are turned on after my cancer, I can no longer tolerate blue light; makes me anxious. Now I know that it probabaly “upregulates” my glutmate. I think this is the insomonia and other symptoms he mentions. I now wear blue blocker glasses at night when I watch tv and they work really well for the oveesitmulation of blue light. Have to look over his page more. For me, it is passion flower tincture for my SAD.

    • Yeah, no doubt, Nancy. The infographic is very powerful – tons of info in a very eyes-easy presentation. Dang, cool idea re wearing blue blocker glasses at night when watching TV. You know, you always present so many creative and very practical solutions. And that applies to the passion flower, as well ; ) As always, thank you. Always a welcome visitor…


      • npeden

        Well, I just heard from a chiropractor that passion flower doesn’t work for everyone so I must mitigate my recommendations to those that know they are MAO A mutated…

        And I thought this might be a good place to place a “for sale” ad…sort of. Feel free to delete me, Bill, if this is does not suit you.

        I had SAD a lot; during deep summer (Aug.) and then again in January. I finally broke down and bought a really good SAD light and it worked really well till my cancer and genetic problems.

        My unit is an Apollo goLITE p2. It cost me almost 200 dollars at Costco. It is portable, comes with its own little travel bag, all instructions and a plug in to charge. I will sell it for $100 and if you are in the US, I will ship it for free (and NO you won’t get it in time for Christmas. Amazon and Costco no longer carry it but have wonderful reviews of it. This was the only place I could find it

        If you interested in this great deal, contact me at I used to love reading in bed for a half hour in the morning letting the blue light energize and brighten my day…

      • We’ll forgive you for the passion flower generalization – just this once ; ) And, hey – I have no probs with your “for sale” ad. It’s all for the cause, right???

      • npeden

        Indeed. Thanks, Bill.

  • Patricia Miller

    You know how I love the clever lists and this infographic is right up there with excellent resources on a great topic. Thank you so much for once again filtering through the dross to find the gold and sharing it with us. You do such a dynamic job each week. Your work is so deeply appreciated.

    • Glad you like the infographic – I think it’s so strong. And an excellent year-round topic. Yes, there is a lot of “dross” (great word) out-and-about. Happy to be the filter and bring you the good stuff. Appreciate your visit and contribution (as always)…


  • BCat

    This mentions Vitamin D3 connection. Makes me wonder if the bulk of SAD isn’t caused by low V D3. I have a somewhat opposite problem in that I’m miserable with too much sunlight. Summer is dreadful. I come alive in misty overcast weather and my anxiety diminishes completely after the sun sets. Haven’t found much that explains this except a small blurb that said that folks with high histamine (that would be me) suffer anxiety and histamine levels go down after dark. So much to keep up with.

    • Yeah, “so much to keep up with” – but you do an amazing job, BC. Your contributions are mighty. Looking forward to posting that guest post of yours first week of June (2015). TY…