Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a condition that affects up to 10% of people around the nation in some manner. Typically, the signs mimic those of depression, but only occur during the colder, darker months. Symptoms of SAD can include, but are not limited to: energy loss, desire to be left alone, increased weight gain, increased appetite, and difficulty focusing on everyday tasks.
“How to be happy” is Googled 55,600,000 times a month in the United States. Happiness is something every business pretends to sell. Pharmaceuticals, soft drinks, clothing lines, and just about every product you can purchase claim to offer happiness for a price. But what if you don’t have the money? No problem. You can buy it with credit. But the truth is, if we were happy we wouldn’t be spending so much money on crap we don’t need.
It is my third early memory of food that set the foundation for a lifelong, dysfunctional relationship with food. At age six I was a large framed, muscular child. My stepmother decided I was fat. Her solution was to withhold food. My brother and sister were allowed snacks after school. Not me. It didn’t matter that I was hungry. No snack. I remember the hunger as physical and emotional pain.