Contrary to my plan, I did end up writing a couple more depression posts. This one was requested by several readers, first published on Feb. 8, 2013.
One of the suggestion I received this past week was to write something about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Since we are just now starting to come out of the darkest days of winter, it’s an appropriate topic for today’s Friday Depression post, which I’m going to start categorizing simply as “Counseling Issues.”
I remember my parents mentioning someone being “shack happy” or having “cabin fever.” We’ve all heard of “being in the Doldrums,” which relates back to the days of sailing ships that would be caught sometimes for weeks in a completely still part of the tropics–not a wisp of a breeze, like being caught in an endless moment of time. Hot sun, no clouds, no rain, no wind, and a ship that wasn’t nearly large enough to keep men from grinding on each other’s last nerve.
The other two terms, cabin fever and shack happy, derive from a…
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