Score four for S.A.D. yesterday. As anyone who experiences S.A.D. knows, for about four months, S.A.D. sits on our shoulders like a beach ball filled with wet sand. Every day is a challenge. Sometimes, like yesterday, S.A.D. wins.
Here's the list of S.A.D. symptoms, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic site:
- Depressed mood
- Loss of energy
- Social withdrawal
- Oversleeping (feeling like you want to hibernate)
- Loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates such as pastas, rice, bread and cereal
- Weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating and processing information
The "appetite changes" symptom expressed itself in the three pieces of pie I ate at the company holiday lunch (two pecan, one pumpkin). I'm gluten-free, so I didn't eat the crust. But I made up for the calories with a double dollop of whipped cream. There's absolutely no doubt those three pieces of pie set off the "weight gain" symptom.
"Loss of interest in activities you enjoy" symptom kicked in after 4 p.m., when the great low-blood-sugar steamroller flattened me like a used straw, leaving me with no energy to rally for a 30-minute stationary bike ride at Lawrence Athletic Club. So, I went to the supermarket.
I can add another symptom: "grocery basket fills with stuff you'd never buy in July". Last night, chocolate tea jumped into my cart. (Fruit and veggie brain whispers in pained amazement: "For pete's sake...chocolate tea?????????????")
Anyone else have other symptoms to add to the list?