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SAD

Facing the reality of feeling SAD

Eli head shotBy Eli Zaret, New Oakland Community Liaison

I felt the first wave of sadness when I woke up on the first Sunday of daylight savings time. I thought, “What good is another hour of daylight this morning ifSAD2

I’m just going to get robbed of it when it gets dark at 5:30 this afternoon? We’re not ‘saving’ anything. We’re just trading morning darkness for afternoon darkness.” My cynicism continued, “And the days will only get ┬ádarker and colder — and — can I make it through another winter?”

My sadness is exactly that — “SAD” — Seasonal Affective Disorder — which, unfortunately, is as natural as the sun, moon, air and water. People suffer from it worldwide, though some worse than others and some not at all. As the name implies, SAD can take place at the change of any season, but it’s most common at daylight savings time when you put the lawnmower away, break out the winter coat and envision the imposing cold grayness of winter.

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