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Re: LITHIUM, crashing, ADs, etc Chloe

Posted by Mitch on October 7, 2001, at 21:39:29

In reply to Re: LITHIUM, crashing, ADs, etc Mitch, posted by Chloe on October 7, 2001, at 19:35:44

> Enjoy your brief respite before hybernation season sets in! Though keep an eye out for *too high*! It's amazing that you have such predictable cycles. I can't predict how I will feel in the morning! ;-)
> Chloe

Well, it (wintertime depression) usually starts to kick in anywhere from the last week of October to the week of Thanksgiving in November (unflinchingly predictable for 25+ years). I first just notice fatigue for a week or so. Then it becomes difficulty concentrating, and then I have trouble getting up in the morning. Then it just gets deeper and deeper and I start putting on some weight. By the time mid-December comes around (the deepest part of it) I can start crying for no apparent reason, I have difficulty getting to work (though I force myself to make it somehow), I have no interest in doing *anything* except SLEEP (I always call it "nuclear winter of the mind"). Then, if I am *lucky* there is a BIG BLIZZARD in early January and that snaps me out of the dangerous part of it. I have to get out into the snow to get groceries, and to be on foot instead of being in a car must expose me to more sunlight I think. Plus, the intense exercise of walking in and shoveling snow must release extra endorphins that helps me recover from it. I have such vivid memories of childhood of giant icicles along the roofline dripping in the intense sunlight with steam wafting off of them! Well, I see my pdoc again next month-right when it is going to start again-this time I am going to ask for some Wellbutrin-which worked last summer. I also am going to put together a light box (I like building things)with some spare parts from work and maybe with the WB and the light box I can make it through January!





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