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Re: Light Switch Depression

Posted by Cynthia on July 21, 1999, at 22:40:27

In reply to Re: Light Switch Depression, posted by Louise on July 21, 1999, at 19:09:15

Sounds like rapid cycling, or cyclothymia to me Jim. I have one up (drastically controlled by lithium) and one low (unfortunately drug resistant) a week. Before lithium I had the lightswitch change - usually happened between 1pm - 2pm on Mondays, and then again on Thursdays.

I also have a 24 hour cycle, or circadian rhythm which is similar to your daily cycle (which is now somewhat modified by my medications). I would wake up depressed, and at about 4pm, poof, I start feeling real good, and better and better until I can barely go to bed, I am feelin so good and gettin so much done.

I'm on the pill for my monthly cycle - that's a wild cycle for me.

I also have Seasonal Affective disorder, a yearly cycle. I get a major depression that lies over all my other cycles in January and February.

My psychiatrist told me humans, like animals, have many cycles tied closely in with nature. Being mostly city folks we just aren't aware of them. I have problems with mine. Maybe you do to. I can't believe your doctor's don't know about this.

Good luck, let us know how you're doing.





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