I did what I should have done months ago. I bought a SAD light on Ebay.
|Follow the crumbs|
to the lake.
After thinking how I was this winter, I went on eBay, as a lark. Lo and behold, there was a new SAD lamp listed, direct from the manufacture, for seventy four dollars and change, shipped. I snapped it up even though I can't use it till the end of daylight savings time. I did pass the eBay info back to my doctor to pass on to his other patients who might not want to lay out the funds for some sort of voodoo cure for evasive symptoms.
|Halfway to the Lake, photograph, by l.w.roth|
The SAD symptoms I had were diminished energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, a craving for (bad) carbohydrates, (potato chips are my absolute favorite junk food and I did add them to my otherwise healthy diet), and the worst, a total lack of interest in the activities I enjoyed--painting--and socializing. Feeling very reclusive, I think we went out with friends twice the whole winter. Not doing these last two things I love did make me anxious, another symptom to look out for.
|A SAD light. One style of many listed|
at a range of prices.
After looking into SAD, I'm wondering if the disorder could be a factor in creative blocks? It sure was a factor in mine. If you find yourself in one, don't exclude looking into this phenomenon and taking action. "They"say" just fifteen minutes a day of strong (10,000 LUX) natural light does wonders for the psyche. What the hell, this light could be classified as absolutely necessary art supplies if painting all year round is important to you.