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Simple test for ADD????? Just a theory

John E. Cox j.e.cox at Cranfield.AC.UK
Thu Nov 23 13:28:06 EST 1995

Della Noche <dnoche at mail.wco.com> wrote:
>john cox <j.e.cox at cranfield.ac.uk> wrote:
>>Do you live up north? Is that how you got your name?
>>I'm asking because I've started to suspect that
>>ADD and related disorders may be influenced by light
>>exposure (just a guess but I think it makes sense).
>>Have you noticed any changes to the level of ADD at
>>different times of year or at different latitudes?
>>Anyone else feel free to respond.  I'll keep a
>>list of replies and post the percentage of people
>>who've noticed an effect.  Please mail your aproximate
>>latitude and whether you've been diaggnosed as
>>ADD ADHD or SAD.  Please state whether changing
>>latitude has helped or hindered you and the direction you
>>John E. Cox
>>Biotechnology Centre
>>Cranfield University, UK
>>j.e.cox at Cranfield.ac.uk
>One doctor I've been to seems convinced I've an SAD problem and I'm 
>inclined to ageree with him.  However, what exacerbated the problem was 
>not a latitudinal change but longitudinal.
>I'm at about the same latitude here in California that I was during the 
>first 20+ years of my life on the East Coast.  The difference is that it 
>rains here through most of the winter and is very gray - very little 
>sunlight comes through the cloud cover.  Back East I got much reflected 
>light from the snow and I believe the sunlight levels were *much* higher 
>as the cold seems to precipitate humidity into frost and the like - the 
>skies are much clearer.
>You might want to keep this in mind - that sunlight levels can be 
>climate-related as well as latitudinal-related.

At least you don't live here, during winter the sun rises at about 10:00 
and sets at about 5:00pm and during the summer there's no light because of
the rain. We've got the worst of both worlds ;(


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