Sometimes the Critters are Not Enough.

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

We all love pets and those of us who own pets know that they love us as well BUT sometimes it's not enough, we all desire human love and kindness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

What age group does SAD affect the most?

At What Age Is Depression Most Common? According to CDC data from 2019, 21% of adults experiencing any depressive symptoms in the most recent two weeks were between 18 and 29 years old. This incidence is the largest among all adult age groups.

 

What month is Seasonal Affective Disorder the worst?

The most common period for the onset of a SAD episode is late October through November. January and February are the worst months overall, and the symptoms don't fully subside until early May.

This is the time we need to be careful to respond to and take action when friends and even good acquaintances seem to be "off" and out of the blue ask if "we can get together". Don't be to busy to recognize a possible plea for help.

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Comments (20)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I recognize others may suffer from SAD yet in all my life I have not encountered such a depression. I do understand those in Seattle Washington where sunshine is quite rare experience depression. Our bodies need Vitamin D which we receive from the sun and most people are lacking this necessary vitamin.

Jan 18, 2023 06:57 AM
Carol Williams

That's why I live in Eastern Washington where sun is pletiful!

Jan 18, 2023 09:48 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Pets can certainly give unconditional love .. but yes , it's not a replacement for humans.. just a wonderful supplement 

Jan 18, 2023 07:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I myself have struggled from time to time with our long winters and very short days Leanne Smith but thank God my faith has kept me from harming myself. It doesn't happen every year but on occasion.

Jan 18, 2023 07:15 AM
Leanne Smith

I believe since our bodies are conditioned to more sunshine than darkness we are fighting internal genetic conditioning which is very difficult. My husband was assigned to Seattle during his last year of his tour after leaving Vietnam and was beyond happy to leave Seattle.

Jan 18, 2023 07:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Amen Lise Howe . We have always had pets in our home as we feel it's a good way to teach children about respecting life and also how to deal with death as it inevitably comes to all living creatures.

Jan 18, 2023 07:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob and great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Denver got snow so going out to snow blow soon.

Jan 18, 2023 08:04 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bob,
This is a great message. If someone asks if you want to get together, there is a reason. Find a way to make it happen.

Jan 18, 2023 09:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I'm thinking this happens more in rainy and wintry/cloudy areas.  I don't recall anyone I know having this issue in sunny AZ.  When a friend needs to talk, I listen and it's usually over coffee or lunch or a glass of wine.  But it's not about weather....

Jan 18, 2023 10:03 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Will Hamm winter hit us early and hard but she has been pretty quit for a couple of weeks now.

Jan 18, 2023 11:44 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is right Carol Williams . I will always regret not seeing a plea for help back in 2011 and a young military man took his life over a divorce.

Jan 18, 2023 11:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I believe you are right Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker . We can have several overcast days in a row and it affects nearly everyone's mood. You may remember that up here in the winter there are no distinguishable clouds... it's just a solid mass of grey.

Jan 18, 2023 11:48 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Oh yeah I remember Bob and that's why I moved to CO after college.

Jan 18, 2023 01:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- I know someone who lives in the north and tends so suffer from this during the winter months. Studies have shown the importance of sunshine. Many years ago I had a stationary bike that had a light attachment that people could use while they rode it. 

Jan 18, 2023 07:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think your friend probably has a lot of company up here Kathy Streib . I have had SAD any times over the years my self.

Jan 18, 2023 07:14 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Sometimes when people don't reach out to you it is time to reach out to them. No time for Seasonal Affective Disorder in my thinking. Enjoy your day.

Jan 19, 2023 04:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If someone asks to get together, and it's at all possible, go for it! You could be helping someone through a down time.

Jan 19, 2023 05:24 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I am not sure that we all love pets, haha.  I am not much of a pet person and love is a pretty strong word, haha.

Jan 19, 2023 05:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a timely reminder to share. You often do not know about the troubles others are facing.

My wife, Dolores, just called from the hospital. She had a bad night as she tries to recover from her hip replacement surgery.

Jan 19, 2023 06:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I agree Wayne Martin and I do reach out often through texts and emails but it is not the same as in person contact. I am a very social person so I would fit in very well in an environment like your with 100 or more neighbors to visit with. That being said I would miss my own garage and yard.

Jan 19, 2023 06:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

One never know what the motivation is for the call Kat Palmiotti so as you said, if possible go for it. 😃

Jan 19, 2023 06:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Understood Brian England  but those of us that have pets usually do love them and sometimes people love their pets even more then they love people (NOT good).

Jan 19, 2023 07:00 AM
Brian England

I would hope that everyone that has a pet loves them tremendously, why have them if you aren't going to love them, haha.

Jan 19, 2023 08:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Roy Kelley I am really sorry to hear about Doloris. I am actually taking time to pray for her comfort and a speedy recovery RIGHT NOW.

We do need to take time to listen to others and if they are in despair we need to get actively involved... even if it means involving authorities.

Jan 19, 2023 07:04 AM