Posts Tagged: seasonal affective disorder

"Now I understand completely. Winter gives me Old Testament vibes"

Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa, wrote a lovely piece for the New York Times about her SAD lamp. "How bad could winter really be?" she'd thought, as a kid living in Florida, seeing families on vacation get giddy from the sun.

Now I understand completely. Winter gives me Old Testament vibes. Every morning over the past few months I would look out my window and think, “What else could this be but a punishment?” I saw the invigorating effect winter had on some members of my community — they were out sledding, throwing snowballs, using the cold to work up an endorphin rush. I watched [...]


Seasonal Affective Disorder Olympics

CURLING (Into A Ball)

Ten points if you do it for an hour.

A thousand points if you don't leave bed all weekend.

Gold medal for you if you quit your job, sell that gold medal, invest in the bond market, gain wealth, thereby proliferating more gold. This will translate to happiness. Mail your teenage nephew red Beats by Dre headphones for his "domepiece." This is a successful game of curling (into a ball).



A brash alarm begins its unforgiving beep. It's the morning; dawn peeks through your window.

"It's all downhill from here," you say.

Bronze medal.



Punch someone! Reflect on how weak you are! [...]


SAD Song

"These two trials show that bright light channeled into the brain via ear canal is an important future method to treat seasonal affective disorder." —SAD sufferers can reportedly improve their moods by looking like they have no idea how to use an iPod for between eight and 12 minutes a day. Valkee the light-shining, "winter brightening" gadget is currently available for $295. (And here's their FAQ section, if you're interested.)