Puzzler Affective Disorder
Are you afflicted?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). I have P.A.D.S. – Puzzler Affective Disorder Syndrome. It’s self-diagnosed of course, in addition to being conceived of by me in the wee hours of the morning. It’s the condition of having one’s emotions overly effected by jigsaw puzzles – and I find that I have an extremely severe case.🤕

Some of these emotions/feelings can include but are in no way limited to…

  • Longing while waiting for a newly purchased puzzle to arrive
  • Joy when your puzzle dealer (deliveryman) arrives at the door with a package
  • Excitement when opening the box to see how the pieces look and feel
  • Giddiness when you’ve found all the edge pieces on the first try
  • Relief as you finally find the piece you’ve been searching for
  • Annoyance when I realize some doofus has donated a puzzle missing multiple pieces
  • Pride as the last piece slips perfectly into place
  • Sadness when a highly entertaining puzzle is over
  • or Righteous Superiority when you’ve conquered a difficult puzzle

There are many, many, many more. If a puzzle is going well, I am happier and nicer to be around. If it’s tedious, has a terrible fit, etc., it seems my mood can be somewhat short. It’s ridiculous how much puzzles can influence my attitude, or even my whole day!

I suppose we puzzle addicts have all learned to deal with our P.A.D.S. in one way or another; I have found that puzzling helps. 😎


*For those severely affected, there is no cure. Please contact me if you would like to donate to P.A.D.S. research. More research = More puzzles! 😉

20 thoughts on “P.A.D.S.

  1. Mom

    Mom checking in with the P.A.D.S. Posse! Crap! Another diagnosis added to my list!
    Thrift Store Puzzle Addict
    Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!
    Thank God I’ve found my people!

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  3. So funny and oh so true….only I do also suffer from’where am I going to store these’ and buyers regret…did I just drop that much on puzzles AGAIN? but this lasts only a short while…it is ‘sad’ indeed 🙂

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  5. Laura Kolmar

    This is so funny!! I am new to blogging and I am enjoying reading your blog. I clicked on this on the right side of your page because I thought it was hysterical (but true!!). LOL
    I actually just published a book that I think you and your followers would really enjoy! My puzzle-partner of over 30 years, Cathy, and I just published it. We wrote it a long time ago but never did anything with it. Cathy moved recently and it resurfaced! Now that the whole world has finally discovered (or rediscovered) puzzling, we thought it was the perfect time to publish it. Your P.AD.S. reference made me think of it- because we name 13 different Puzzle Ailments…including Chronic Repetitive Puzzle Piece Placement Syndrome! LOL anyway, check it out on Amazon
    Puzzle Rules: How to be a Good Puzzle-Partner (and learn life lessons along the way).

    Anyway, check it out -I think it will bring a smile to your face.
    We talk about keeping pets and small children away form the puzzle-making area for the threat they pose to the safety of your puzzle!! I read on one of the responses about “someone or something chewing on a piece.” This is common issue. hahahaha
    Well, thanks for having this blog and sharing the ups and downs of puzzling!!
    Warm regards,

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