Today is MSG’s eleventh birthday. We celebrated with a family party last Saturday, so today is Self-indulgence Day. Or maybe we could call it SID. The day that I figure everyone ought to have on their birthday.
Except that MSG has to go to school.
School has been frustrating, lately. Much as it was this time last year. As the days grow shorter, and the time changed (sigh), all of us involved with MSG’s daily life have noticed that he’s grown grumpier, impatient, fussy, more easily distracted, and frustrated with every little thing.
We are looking into the possibility that he is experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder. Though in many, this presents as a depressive state, all of us who live and work with autistic people know that what might show up one way in a “normal” or neurotypical mind rarely does the same in the autistic mind.
We used to live in Southwest Florida, where the days were longer and SAD wasn’t a common concern. Here, though, apparently it is. Social workers get heavier caseloads at this time of year, counselors keep longer hours at times, and so on. And people often get the winter blues, I have read. This is a new thing for me, at any rate, to have to learn about.
I just ordered a sun lamp, because I’ve heard they can do some real good with this situation. I am hoping and praying that it will. Last year, we were all miserable during the winter due to MSG’s problematic behaviors. He is not happy when he’s not doing well with his self-control issues. He would like to be happier, too.
So, maybe we can work with the SAD and come out HAPPY. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted.