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Are you affected by the weather?

I find that on sunny days I am in a much better mood and have much more energy than on days that are overcast. I am extremely sensitive to it. When it’s overcast, like it is today, I feel exhausted and have trouble getting just about anything done.


Definitely!! I have started drinking a vit D or cod liver oil capsule on gloomy days though, and it makes a world of difference. Do you also have teouble sleeping close to full moon (too much light)?

Posted by Annatjie119 on Mar 08, 2014 at 1:46am

Have had this problem as long as I can remember.  I can go along singing to the latest Maroon 5 tune when it’s sunny to being badly depressed when there is dark cloud cover.  I think that’s more of a depression problem with me (I have seasonal affective disorder) though.  Document and show it to your psychiatrist.  My anti-depressant helps somewhat with that.  Usually I try to keep all the shades down when it gets cloudy so I’m not affected.  It really makes a difference!

Posted by Missed That on Mar 08, 2014 at 2:20am

I also have S.A.D.(seasonal affective disorder) also, it is at it’s worse during winter when there is less sunshine. I used a light box for a while, until it seemed to not help anymore. I read that I probably needed new lamps. Now they make relatively inexpensive light boxes, that may be worth a try.

Posted by Rancher John on Mar 08, 2014 at 5:58am

I used to tell people that I loved the cold, grey rain of fall and spring- it made everyone as miserable as I always was.

Posted by ADDedValue62 on Mar 08, 2014 at 7:17am

I also suffer in the gloom and doom of the un-sunny skies and cold temperatures.  Needless to say this has been a very hard and long, long winter for many of us and even those that don’t have problems are feeling it. grin
May sunshine and warmer temperatures come to us all SOON.

Posted by Alanna on Mar 08, 2014 at 8:57pm

Many people with ADHD have a vitamin D defiency.  I would absolutely get tested for that if I were you.  I was so low, I had to do 10,000 IU’s a day for a few months before moving to a maintenance dose of 2,000 IU’s a day.  I started in the middle of winter and after a month, I felt gleeful, because it really impacted my mood. I will NEVER stop taking it! grin

Posted by TimeMgtQueen;) on Mar 09, 2014 at 6:32pm

Thank you so much for all your replies, support, sympathy and sharing what has worked for you! It’s kind of cool that we’re from all over the world. I’m in the New York (USA) area, so we have a big mix of weather, certainly compared to southern Oz (yes, I’m jealous!).

I’ve tried light boxes and take vitamin D, and I think they help. I know I’m vitamin D deficient - so many of us are because we spend most of our time indoors, especially when it’s cold or there’s bad weather. But spring is coming, yay!

Posted by cactusflower on Mar 11, 2014 at 7:34pm

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