S.A.D. or G.A.D.?

Odd as it sounds, especially given the fantastic holiday season I just enjoyed, I think that there is something wrong with me. It might be time to add a new “disorder” to my list of maladies. Please, do not think I am making light of either of these conditions; I am seriously wondering if I have one, or both…

I definitely think I am suffering from a mild to severe bout of S. A. D., or Seasonal Affective Disorder. From Wikipedia:

Symptoms of SAD may consist of difficulty waking up in the morning, morning sickness, tendency to oversleep and over eat, especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities, and decreased sex drive.  All of this leads to depression, pessimistic feelings of hopelessness, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder.

S.A.D. guyClick image above for more information on Seasonal Affective Disorder

I have definitely been experiencing the “Winter Blues” lately, and have several of the symptoms listed. In addition, I have also been feeling anxious and irritable lately. Could it be that I have G. A. D., or General Anxiety Disorder? According to The National Institute of Mental Health,

“All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They are very anxious about just getting through the day. They think things will always go badly. At times, worrying keeps people with GAD from doing everyday tasks.”

Anxiety DisorderClick image above for more information on General Anxiety Disorder

Good God – Is it possible I have BOTH? Like a super disorder called G.S.A.D? (gee, sad).

Again, I am not making light of people that suffer from these disorders, and I do believe I may have a mild case of both. Or, it could be that I am just a little run-down after the holidays, normally concerned about work/life and just love carbs because they taste good. I’m not sure. But I do know that I could use a little more sunshine – both actual and figurative – in my life at the moment. And  a little LOT less stress. Please.

I thank The Universe every day for ALL the sunshine in my life and a HUGE source of light and love is my beloved MSW. He makes my day brighter just by being. I am thankful for him every day and hope The Universe sends him a little back-up soon. He could use it…


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