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How do seasonal changes effect ADHD symptoms?

It’s been two years since I’ve been in the Northeast for a full four seasons because I just got back from spending some time in Sunny San Diego…and I am experiencing symptoms and feelings that I never had while living there!

Firstly, I know that New York is a pressure cooker of a place to live but I really did forget what it was like to live in such a busy place. My biggest concern is my behavior. I can keep track of everything I need to do no problem, but my hyperactivity is out of control. I cannot sit to save my life and when I am sitting still for more than ten minutes, I feel like I am forcing it. If I force myself to sit for more than a half hour, I start to feel achy and exhausted and suddenly all my energy is zapped and I require a really long nap to recover.
Additionally, I think I might be iron deficient at the moment because my face looks pale and I feel exhausted no matter what I do, which gives me this wierd feeling when I’m trying to accomplish something…the best way I can describe it is like when you go to the gym and you set a weight machine on something way too high thinking that it is something you might be able to lift, but the machine cannot budge no matter how hard you try.  That’s what my brain feels like every time I sit down and try to accomplish something. Additionally, I feel like I might be nutrient deficient in something so I’ve been loading up on daily multivitamins but so far to no avail. I do try to give myself breaks- walking, yoga, etc…but it’s not working.

It’s only been this way for the past four days and part of it might be because of my period, but I’m also wondering if the change of seasons might be having an effect on my symptoms because I never felt this way in San Diego and I only vaguely remember occasionally experiencing this feeling before I left, but not to such an extreme as this. Does anyone else find that the winter or the transition into it has an effect on their symptoms? And hormones, as well? If so, what do you do to get through it so that you don’t fall severely behind at work when you have bouts like this. Normally, I can cope or force myself to plow on through no matter how much I might not want to, but right now I feel like there is no fighting THIS severe a feeling and that I may need to just submit and hide under the covers for a few days. Strategies? Suggestions? It’s the end of the graduate semester for me, as well, so I cannot afford to let myself be in this state for too long.


Sounds like S.A.D. seasonal depression, mine starts around the second week of August and last until spring, it’s not as bad this year (I’m not bed-ridden) but I think that’s because I know what it is now, doctor said SAD, he told me about 2 years ago, I used to take Wellbutrin name brand and it worked wonders, wonders I say.  But after about a year it didn’t work anymore and I didn’t want to up my meds or change to something new every 6-12 months.  I take many vitamins and minerals, protein and after breakfast or lunch everyday I take a magnesium, B6, B12, Q10 and a Rhodiola for energy and Im not sure if it works or not cuz Ive only been trying these out for about a week, someone here had mentioned the R. Rosea, Rhodiola and I think I like it.

Also, when Ihave my period Im extremely weak and fatigued dizzy, feel like crap so I take some iron on that whole week and it really helps, also someone had mentioned zinc 25 mcg or mg (?) and I take that everyday.

Hopefully someone gives some good advice here cuz I really need some extra help with the blues and maybe some other vitamins, Im 46 and Im not ready for the rocking chair lol

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:32am


Sounds like SAD…best have your doctor diagnose.  I have always been drawn to sunny climes and feel so much better now that I live in Southern California.  Still, I will use my SAD lamp during the winter and that seems to help.
Posted by stellarella on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:18pm

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 22, 2013 at 7:23pm

i get somewhat witchy in december, when it is very dark. i’m not a fan of fall or winter, and i live in the northeast. of course, all the stress of Christmas shopping also makes me stressed, and witchy. it hits all the weak areas for me,: planning, organization, making lists, and keeping track of what i got for whom

Posted by Lilapsophile on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:52pm

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