It was very comforting to have so many people commisserating with me during my attack of SAD, alias Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter depression and light deprivation disorder, with lots of helpful comments both on the blog and on Facebook. You’ll be pleased to hear it is OVER. I probably could have avoided it to some extent if I had been expecting it to happen. First, I would not have left my vitamin D in Blois and second, I would have made sure I went out each day to at least partly counteract the lack of light.
Now that we are back in Blois, even though I have been working like crazy to catch up with the translations I didn’t do when I was feeling so depressed, and incidentally suffering from RSI (repeated strain injury) in my mouse-hand, the light streaming through the window of my temporary office seems to have done the trick. I’ve now caught up and can devote the rest of the week to helping Relationnel with the fireplace so that we can celebrate New Year before we leave on 7th January.
More news on the progress of the fireplace soon!
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Pleased to hear that you are now steaming ahead through life again.
Thank you Susan.
This is truly wonderful news. I know when I was really down when I was in France earlier last year I greatly appreciated your kindness and support. It is not easy to admit that sometimes we are doing it ‘tough’. Bises.
Thank you. It’s certainly made me more aware of what people are suffering.
It’s looking beautiful, and it appears to be therapeutic as well.
You’re right. It’s taken away my depression. Though I don’t know about Relationnel who has spent the last two days INSIDE the fireplace (you can see his legs in the last photo). Today we had to buy some more refractory cement. His first outing since we arrived on Monday.
Once regarded skeptically by the experts, seasonal affective disorder, SAD for short, is now well established. Epidemiological studies estimate that its prevalence in the adult population ranges from 1.4 percent (Florida) to 9.7 percent (New Hampshire). Researchers have noted a similarity between SAD symptoms and seasonal changes in other mammals, particularly those that sensibly pass the dark winter hibernating in a warm hole. Animals have brain circuits that sense day length and control the timing of seasonal behavior..;,*
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