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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some people suffer from symptoms of depression during the winter months, with symptoms subsiding during the spring and summer months. This may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a mood disorder associated with depression episodes and related to seasonal variations of light. I think the 40+ rainy days out of the last 50 days may be inflicting off-season SAD. According to the National Mental Health Association, SAD was first noted before 1845. There are many symptoms ascribed to SAD and likewise many drugs prescribed for treatment. In my case, I admit to being affected by the lack of sunshine but am hoping that my trip to Washington, D.C. tomorrow will coincide with a return to more sunny days. I will be attending a meeting of the authentication working group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. We really need digital id’s and I am hopeful that tomorrow’s meeting will move the ball forward.

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