Monday, 27 May 2013

Writing - S.A.D. +Cricket Day 4

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically occurs each year during fall (autumn) and winter.

It is inevitable as an Englishman and a cricket fan (see below), that I talk about the weather. However, it also triggered  something in my mind regarding the affect of weather on the psychology of people. It even crops up in a small way in my latest book 'Cessation' in that without electricity people would be more heavily reliant on the weather, daylight and the seasons. I have doubts about the whole S.A.D. thing and can say that as someone who has had a brush with clinical depression. I am not saying people don't feel miserable on a grey, drizzly, cold day but is it a real condition? I have my doubts. I think some people who have depression may feel worse in certain weather conditions which is not the same thing as depression directly attributable to the conditions outside.
The people in Oklahoma that suffered the tornado the other day have a real reason to be depressed and my heart goes out to those who have lost relatives, homes and livelihood. As a resident of the British Isles we rarely have such extremes of weather and when we do have flooding, drought or gales we moan interminably. Personally, I enjoy extreme weather conditions (that is the UK version of extreme) but it is all relative.
There is a corollary to S.A.D. see below:-

Cricket Day 4

The game is finely poised at the beginning of day 4 but there is a villain lurking in the back ground - the weather. In short England have probably only today to bowl out the New Zealanders as the likelihood is that tomorrow will be washed out.

A few more clouds around this morning but still a lovely warm start to the day.

For the uninitiated there is a tradition on the Headingley Western Terrace of dressing up. The group pictured were Power Rangers.

God Bless