Participants: Curtis & Paula Eakins
Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL00173A
00:01 I dread the winter months.
00:03 I just don't feel like myself,
00:05 it feels like I'm in hibernation.
00:07 Well, if that's your case you could be
00:09 experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder,
00:13 SAD. If that's the case this program is just for
00:16 you entitled, Don't Be Sad, we'll be right back.
00:48 Hi, welcome to Abundant Living,
00:49 this is Curtis Eakins and this is my beautiful
00:53 bride of over ten years. Your name?
00:57 Paula Eakins. Okay, I just wanna hear you,
00:59 well I want you to say your.
01:01 I thought you gonna change it all up.
01:02 Well I'll just change it up every now and then,
01:04 just to keep you honest.
01:05 You doing pretty good today, honey.
01:07 Well I'm doing wonderful.
01:08 You're looking pretty good too by the way.
01:09 Thank you, thank you. You're welcome.
01:11 Sad. I want to give you compliments.
01:12 Okay. Yeah I'm not finished,
01:14 lets before we go into this I just wanted to give
01:15 you some compliments you are looking
01:17 very good today. Thank you.
01:18 Okay, now you may go with your suggestions
01:21 or statements. Okay, stay focused baby,
01:27 stay focused. I wanna stay focused.
01:28 Okay. Because you're talking about SAD
01:30 and its you know you were saying you were sad
01:32 as you open the program. That's true.
01:34 And I'm sure, but you know this program
01:36 is also not only for those who might be
01:38 experiencing it, but also for all of us
01:41 who are even listening in because we very well
01:43 could be in this situation and not really
01:45 know we're in it, yeah, you know.
01:46 And again this is part of a series of
01:49 Mental Health Series and we've been talking
01:52 about over the last several weeks about
01:54 depression and Dysthymia and didn't mention
01:58 Bi-polar that's another part of it,
01:59 we didn't cover that. Well that's an alternative.
02:02 Yeah, alternatives to drugs.
02:04 If drugs just not doing their job effectively
02:07 as most people will like them to do.
02:09 And of course with the side affects as well.
02:11 We gave some alternatives for that
02:13 and also about the fresh air and other things
02:17 that we can lift our spirit and to improve
02:20 our mental wellness, so today's topic is SAD
02:25 Seasonal Affective Disorder and we want you out
02:29 there if you are experiencing this
02:32 don't be sad. Don't be sad.
02:34 Don't be sad. Oh what exactly is SAD?
02:38 Well I said before seasonal,
02:39 it's seasonal affective disorder,
02:43 so the first word gives you a clue.
02:45 SAD is, and let me just draw a parallel
02:48 here because we have been talking about
02:49 depression over last several weeks.
02:52 As far as depression and SAD is concerned.
02:54 Depression is a set of symptoms where both cases
02:59 there is a low serotonin level
03:00 and we talked about this in earlier programs
03:02 with the low serotonin levels of course
03:05 we have more of a depressed mood,
03:07 that's the mood hormone serotonin.
03:10 So with depression you have that low serotonin
03:13 level in the system. With SAD you also have low
03:17 serotonin levels as well, but with SAD
03:20 you also have cravings of Carbohydrates
03:25 something that you normally don't get
03:27 with being depressed or being clinically
03:29 depressed. Another thing that's different between
03:32 depression and SAD is that depression
03:34 is actually diagnosed if you are depressed
03:38 over a period of, lets say several weeks,
03:41 alright. And have those symptoms of,
03:44 we called these before of mood and nervousness,
03:48 anxiety, irritability, fatigue, weight gain or
03:53 weight loss and those kind of things filling
03:56 sorry or hopelessness, but now SAD is where
04:01 you can be diagnosed if you're experiencing
04:04 this condition two consecutive years during
04:09 the winter months. Usually between October,
04:13 November to March and April, so it's seasonal.
04:19 Okay, seasonal with SAD, depression is year long.
04:23 Now in the summer time those who are experience
04:25 the SAD in the winter months,
04:27 in the summer time the people are themselves.
04:30 So you see the difference between the two alright.
04:32 And so many things that we talk about
04:34 in depression can also help those individuals
04:38 who also help SAD as well.
04:40 Now of course we're gonna be mentioning
04:41 the word SAD, but that's the acronym for
04:43 seasonal affective disorder, so when
04:46 we say SAD that's what we're talking about.
04:48 Absolutely okay, well I guess the question,
04:50 because you kind of answered that already
04:52 about you know how it's different from depression.
04:54 Right. Okay. So I guess then what actually
04:56 causes it, is the seasons themselves like
04:59 you said the winter months is when you're
05:01 more likely to experience that as well.
05:04 Well and let me don't tell them that too
05:06 and that's true the winter months.
05:07 And not just be in the winters months.
05:10 Okay. But again what causes SAD is that
05:13 there is a deprivation of Sunlight.
05:19 Alright, of course in a 24 hour period of course
05:23 the shortest day in a month or the year
05:24 is what December 21st or somewhere around
05:28 there where it's the shortest day with that
05:29 you have the shorter amount of Sunlight
05:33 exposure on the earth, so again with that in mind
05:36 you have more people are prone to that.
05:39 And so also, its also tend to be hereditary.
05:42 It normally runs in families.
05:45 It's genetic disposition of those who are sad
05:48 and so sometimes the brother, mother, sister,
05:51 cousin whatever, so there is a geneditary,
05:55 hereditary I should say, link to being SAD as well.
05:59 Also the further you live away from the Equator,
06:03 of course there is a higher risk of being SAD,
06:07 so Floridians have a one percent risk of being sad.
06:13 Okay. People who live in Alaska is 10 percent,
06:17 that seems to reason. So again Sunlight
06:20 is the main culprit of not getting enough
06:22 Sunlight exposure. Now a lot of people do not get
06:26 enough Sunlight exposure wherever you live,
06:28 but these people who are sad, called SAD.
06:32 There is a more profound affect on those
06:35 individuals then somebody else.
06:37 And so it's affecting quite a bit of the
06:40 population. Depression affects about
06:43 approximately 20 million. SAD affects
06:46 about 10 million. Wow! Now when you throw
06:48 in the winter blues, which is a less serious
06:54 disease of SAD, the winter blues,
06:56 that affects about 25 percent of the population.
07:00 So you put those together SAD and winter blues
07:03 you're looking over 30 percent of the population.
07:06 So who's actually at higher risk then again?
07:08 Well again like I said before those who live
07:11 close to the equator are at lower risk
07:14 but those who live further away or
07:15 in Northern areas have a higher risk.
07:18 Also women, now we mentioned this before
07:21 in depression women have a higher risk of
07:24 being SAD as well two or four times of the men.
07:27 Also one other thing I like to mention too,
07:30 those who work third shift. Oh! Shift work,
07:35 now of course based on what we just said
07:37 you can understand why shift workers
07:41 have a higher risk of SAD, because again while
07:46 the Sun is up they're sleeping.
07:49 When the Sun is down they're at work
07:52 or they awake. So that's why shift workers
07:56 and it really throws off our Circadian Rhythm,
07:59 right, because our body is on a 24 hour cycle.
08:02 So I remember one time I worked in place
08:06 of a guy who at the hospital
08:08 and he worked third shift.
08:10 I worked first shift and he is a friend of mine,
08:12 so he went on vacation, he said Curtis do you mind
08:14 taking my place at the hospital third shift
08:17 I said no problem. I worked his third shift
08:20 from 11 to 7. I tell you what,
08:24 folks it took me two days to get my body
08:28 back in sync again and I said I love you
08:31 as a friend, but don't ask me anymore alright,
08:34 so shift workers have a higher rate of SAD as well.
08:39 I'm gonna tell you I worked in a 11 to 7 shift.
08:44 Oh the graveyard shift. And it was one of my
08:46 first jobs, okay, and I want you to know
08:48 I was absolutely exhausted. Wiped out.
08:52 It was like when I would go to
08:54 work at night I would have to make sure
08:56 I went to bed early, okay, so that I would
08:58 not be sleeping on the job.
08:59 And then when I would get to go home,
09:02 I would get on the bus to travel back
09:04 to my house and I'm telling you I was
09:06 absolutely worn out. Everybody just looked
09:07 totally different. I had to get off that shift
09:09 and I think I was on there for at least about
09:12 a year or so. Yes. And I'm telling you a year
09:15 was a lot. Okay. Oh that whole year
09:18 I was just absolutely no good.
09:20 And that shift worked you, the graveyard shift.
09:23 I watched the people as they,
09:25 I would go to work and when I came back home,
09:27 they were going to work and after a year
09:31 and half I was absolutely through.
09:33 That was it, it through you off the biological
09:35 clock and you know and of course those people
09:38 who do work the third graveyard shift.
09:40 Third shift there is always usually more
09:43 income of course, but you know you have
09:45 to weight the benefits versus the risk
09:47 and to one's health personally
09:50 I choose not to, but I did that for a friend
09:53 but that was the last time.
09:55 Well I have heard about this,
09:57 a word called the Third Eye. Tell us about that.
10:00 The third eye, okay now this is interesting
10:02 the third eye. Let me go into a little bit about
10:04 anatomy physiology on a 24 hour period.
10:07 And that way people can understand
10:08 what's going on here. In the morning time
10:13 the Sun comes up, when the light strikes
10:17 the eye it goes through and passes
10:21 the hypothalamus gland. This is our biological
10:24 clock. Okay. And it goes deep into a smaller gland,
10:28 the size of a pea inside the brain between
10:31 the two hemispheres called the pineal
10:34 gland alright. Now this gland has the highest
10:38 concentration of serotonin.
10:42 We talked about that in the past weeks
10:44 this is the good mood hormone that's released.
10:48 And with that in mind when the light strikes
10:51 the eye and goes back to the pineal gland
10:55 then it releases serotonin helps us
10:58 awaken from our sleep. Now this reaches
11:02 it's peak around 4 O'clock in afternoon
11:04 give or take, depending on where you live.
11:07 When the Sun goes down, then there is less light,
11:11 more darkness, therefore this pineal gland
11:15 releases melatonin it lowers the body's
11:19 temperature and helps us to fall asleep.
11:23 So therefore the pineal gland also what it does
11:27 is when it sees light, when it sees darkness
11:34 it responds accordingly whether we are more alert
11:39 or whether we are sleepy,
11:41 that's why the pineal gland is called
11:43 the Third Eye. It's very interesting,
11:47 so with that in my mind. I think that's why honey,
11:51 in on a bright sunny day we feel great and happy.
11:58 But as the song writer says rainy days
12:01 and Mondays always get me down.
12:05 Where as not so much, well sometimes the
12:08 Monday because we don't want to go to work,
12:09 but the rain, because of the clouds,
12:11 so there is less Sunlight, so it tends to reason
12:13 that, that's why its called the third eye.
12:16 You know you are talking about anatomy
12:17 physiology and on the serotonin level
12:19 and all the different things that are created.
12:21 This is a God thing, I mean you know he though
12:23 of every single thing. It really is yes.
12:26 You know, so I guess some of the questions
12:30 someone might ask is that, what are some of the solutions then.
12:33 Okay yeah some solutions now again the SAD,
12:38 Seasonal Affective Disorder, is the true
12:41 form of depression, but now there is
12:44 something else that's called the winter blues,
12:47 it's a less serious Sad disease the
12:51 winter blues. And for those individuals
12:53 what may need to be done is simply take
12:57 longer walks outdoors to get more light
13:01 into the system and or folks open up those
13:07 shades pull back those curtains and let more
13:10 light enter into the home.
13:13 Now for a lot of people that's all needs to be
13:16 done during the winter months from
13:18 October to March give or take alright.
13:21 So that's some of the solutions that people
13:23 can get. Now go to quickly the God's word
13:26 I think you have a text or so and lets talk about
13:30 God's word and have to say about Sunlight.
13:31 As you began talking about the chemistry
13:33 of the Bible and what,
13:35 I mean the chemistry of the, anatomy of the body
13:37 and what God has done.
13:38 I mean what he has done, he thought of every
13:40 single thing, yes, to put us to sleep to wake us
13:42 up you know. I just thought about one of the
13:45 scriptures that came in my mind was
13:46 Malachi 4:2. Oh yes. And it says that,
13:49 the son of righteousness shall arise with healing
13:53 in it's wings. Oh yes. And that's two ways
13:56 you can look at that Curtis.
13:57 Number one is that you know every single
14:00 morning that we wake up, do you know that
14:05 God whispers our name. As a matter of fact
14:09 if he does not whisper our name in the morning
14:11 we will not wake up. That's right.
14:13 So everyday he says Ann, wake up.
14:16 Time to wake up. Paula, wake up
14:19 and I thought guys in there too. Curtis,
14:22 wake up. I'm glad you mentioned that.
14:24 And so sometimes we get up in the morning
14:26 you know and we're like oh another day
14:27 and we just start that mood going.
14:29 I'm not gonna get into that,
14:30 because we're gonna go into that about positive
14:32 thinking and what happens but.
14:33 You're right. Everyday we wake up is a gift
14:36 from God. Yes, it is. A gift. Yes.
14:38 You know an opportunity for us just to move,
14:40 so I say you wanna get the Sun on you.
14:44 Alright. And the son of God in you.
14:47 Alright now work it girl, work it.
14:49 Don't get me preaching. Alright now, don't get me
14:52 preaching, don't get me preaching,
14:53 okay lets just giving me some offering
14:55 you keep that up. What does the Bible,
14:56 what else the Bible. As you were talking about
14:58 that I have another test and again based
15:00 on what we just talked about folks.
15:01 We're talking about the Sunlight now again.
15:04 Yes. When the Sunlight strikes the eye
15:06 you don't have to look directly in the Sun,
15:08 when there is light, Sunlight it strikes the
15:11 optic nerve goes back to the hypothalamus gland
15:14 which is our biological clock and goes deep into
15:17 the pineal gland. Some terms,
15:21 we're getting mixed up here,
15:22 but the pineal gland and that releases the
15:24 serotonin or melatonin. Melatonin is called
15:27 the Hormone of Darkness, based on what that
15:29 has been said there in Anatomy Physiology.
15:32 I wanna read something to you from,
15:34 and these two texts are easy to remember.
15:37 One is Ecclesiastes 7:11 and another one is
15:42 Ecclesiastes 11:7. 7:11, 11:7.
15:48 Let's go to the 7:11 first.
15:49 Listen to these words based on what
15:51 we just said now. Wisdom is good with an
15:55 inheritance, and by it there is profit to them
16:01 that see the Sun. That's Sun, see the Sun.
16:06 So the Bible says there is profit for those
16:09 who actually see the Sun. Wow!
16:12 Well we just talked about that profit.
16:15 Now lets go to Ecclesiastes 11
16:17 and verse 7, listen to these words.
16:20 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing
16:27 it is for the eyes to behold the Sun.
16:32 Now one says that there is a profit for those
16:35 who see the Sun. Another text says
16:38 it is the pleasant thing for the eyes to behold
16:41 the Sun. Therefore that's very good
16:44 as far as that's concerned.
16:45 I think the word of God, Solomon the wise man
16:47 was talking about I don't know if they have
16:49 seasonal affective disorder back then,
16:52 but the point of it is that God has provided
16:55 the greatest light to rule the day
16:57 and it has a profound affect on our
17:00 mental wellness. With that in mind quickly
17:03 let me go to our first graphic lets see what
17:05 this inspired writer has to say about the
17:07 Sun as well, lets go to our next graphic.
17:11 And it says Let There Be Light and the author
17:15 says this quote. "The Sun carries healing
17:18 in its beams. Sunlight soothes, cheers,
17:23 and makes us joyous and healthy."
17:26 Very profound statement. This author also says
17:29 honey that Sunlight is one of nature's most
17:32 healing agents, so the power of Sunlight.
17:36 What if Sunlight is not enough?
17:39 Well again talking about seasonal affective
17:42 disorder where there is very little Sunlight
17:44 during the winter months so sometimes
17:46 for a lot of people Sunlight is just
17:49 not enough, if they have a severe case of SAD.
17:51 Let's go to our last graphic and this is what
17:54 people can do, going to this website
17:56 and give them some information about
17:58 that as well. Artificial Sunlight,
18:01 this is the Circadian Lighting Association
18:05 and there is a website there, people would
18:07 jot that down claorg.org.
18:13 This is an association for those who are
18:16 experiencing SAD, SAD and you can order even
18:20 a light box, they have visors you can put
18:23 on your head as glasses,
18:25 so that in the winter time,
18:27 for those who have severe cases of Sunlight
18:29 or severe cases of SAD I should say,
18:32 they can order products from this organization
18:34 to help those individuals to move
18:36 through the winter months.
18:38 Well, lots of ways to get that Sun in you,
18:43 on you and speaking of brightness and color,
18:47 wait until we go into the kitchen.
18:49 We are going to be doing a green bean
18:51 and tomato skillet, kind of an combination
18:57 of orange greens and blacks
19:00 and you just wait and see, get your paper
19:03 and pencil, meet us in the kitchen.