SAD Light Box - My Case Study

My Seasonal Affective Disorder Case Study - Mark Golding

S.A.D case study - Introduction

"...I had read how effective SAD light boxes were for SAD treatment and so with my last money I bought myself a SAD light box... It was the best decision I've ever made!"

Hello, my name is Mark Golding and I am the Managing Director of GlobalPhotonic. The following is my attempt to briefly describe how I had felt in those dark days of suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder prior to commencing treatment with my first light box. Please view the feedback page for more descriptions of sad light box treatments. I only fully realised that I was suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder in 1998 when I really was at the end of my tether. I was trying to finish my last year of a psychology degree, however, I felt so bad that winter, I thought I would never be able to complete the course. Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms are many and varied, people will suffer variations of symptoms to different degrees. However, in my experience and after discussing symptoms with thousands of sufferers, the following seems fairly general for all sufferers (to varying degrees).

Fatigue and Tiredness
This is felt in all cases and is due to high levels of melatonin in the blood stream. As for myself, I used to feel as though the fatigue was heavy and weighing me down, it was so physical that it would make my skin tingle. It is not as though I am lazy, in fact I am quite the opposite, however, this fatigue would mean that everything was an effort. Indeed, I would try to manipulate my day so as to get home earlier and have a glorious hour in bed, to recharge my batteries... I always strongly resented having to get out of my bed in the morning!

For the last ten years I have been happy with my direction in life, which is true to myself, and therefore I have tended to be highly motivated with regard to goals etc. However, I still found that during the dark winter months, my motivation would just not be there anymore - it would seem like a distant memory. My motivation could vaguely return, though usually later at night or if I woke early in the morning, between 3 - 5am typically. Within these brief moments of clarity I would feel anxious and a bit speedy. I would find it hard to settle and my mind would be working overtime. But I would also feel more motivated and positive, although the next morning it would be gone and replaced by lethargy and hopelessness.