Feeling Sad Revisited

brown and green grass field during sunset

It’s that time of year again in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun is setting earlier, and the field crickets are getting louder, foretelling of shorter, darker days ahead.

Do you suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder like I do? No matter how healthy our lifestyle, we cannot control the light. It is a non-modifiable risk factor that puts us at risk for the blues and/or depression as we face darker days (literally).

So, what can we do about it? Well, we can intervene NOW to head-off the approaching detrimental effects. How? By making an appointment with our doctor and discussing it. Despite a healthy lifestyle, adequate support system, talk therapy, and even a light box, sometimes medication like an SSRI to raise serotonin levels is needed. You should not and do not have to suffer.

Discuss the treatment options for SAD with your doctor. Make the call now before symptoms wreak havoc in your life. If you live in the US and do not have a doctor, and/or need help, call one of the numbers below.

In the meantime, get offline right now and get some fresh air and exercise. Take a walk. I promise it will make you feel better.

With much love,


Copyright © Kelly Huntson and kellyhuntson.com All rights reserved.

*For additional information, see my original post on SAD here.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an easy and anonymous way to locate treatment facilities and other resources, such as support groups and counselors to treat and manage depression.

National Help Line:


If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.

National Hopeline Network:



11 thoughts on “Feeling Sad Revisited

  1. You are right, no one needs to suffer alone without help. There are several ways to receive help and some are working better than others.
    One of the best way is to stay outside in daylight for at least a half hour every day. Maybe walk instead of driving can give you this half hour.
    Another is exercise, where the blood needs to run faster, minimum twice a week, trice is better.
    Medication is not working for all and often they have many side effects too.
    If the depression is very tough to go through, push your doctor to get the best medication for you.

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    1. Hi Irene!
      Absolutely agree that it takes a combination of interventions including those we can do on our own to achieve recovery after a diagnosis. They all play important roles, especially light, right? I try to do exactly as you said and get outside whenever I can.
      And yes, it may take several weeks to notice the full benefits from an antidepressant which is why it is important to seek treatment early. In addition, you may have to try different medications before you find one that works well for you and has the fewest side effects.
      Thank you very much for your comment!

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      1. You are right, it can be a challenge to find the right medication for each person, which can demand many trying. Then have the medication to function, which can take up to 3 months, before it works well.
        Light and exercise did it for me years ago, after years with different kind of medications too.

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      2. Sounds like you’ve been through a lot. Glad you found solutions that work for you. Light therapy can indeed be very effective in regulating hormones related to circadian rhythms. My husband installed light panels in our basement gym with daylight LEDs for that purpose, and they make a big difference for me during the winter months in addition to exercise for sure. 😊

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  2. I have had SAD and didn’t understand what was going on with me. Excellent idea to remind everyone and I hope you will do it again as we get move through into fall.
    A suggestion could be to list symptoms and that doctors have suggestions for treatment including medications but not solely.
    I like the suggested outdoor light and exercise daily best but also awareness helps tons when SAD occurs and those long nights are ahead. Excellent idea for post.

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    1. Hi David and thank you!
      The original post I wrote on SAD is a page on my blog now, accessible through the menu. I’ve also included a link with this post, in case you didn’t see it. Thank you for your suggestions. They certainly are very important, and I’ve addressed them in the original post.
      And I agree, awareness is so important, as well as knowing everyone struggles.
      I’m glad you were evaluated and found the cause of your symptoms. It is important to rule out other causes before a SAD diagnosis is made, which isn’t always easy.


  3. Hi Harry
    Sorry to hear that. You are not alone. I encourage you to pursue treatment under the supervision of a professional if you haven’t already, and I sincerely hope you receive effective treatment. Wish you the best.


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