Posted by SLS on November 6, 2001, at 14:29:16
In reply to Weekenders Syndrome Mood changes, etc., posted by AnneL on November 3, 2001, at 18:04:59
> I am on Effexor XR 225 mg. along with Klonipin 1 mg at bedtime. This was initially prescribed for a major depressive bout which was I felt to be of a situational nature. I am noticing a pattern with my moods that is really starting to bother me. Every weekend becomes a "chore", I go out walking both Saturday and Sunday morning and come home distinctly different feeling, i.e., I become depressed, very slightly anxious (because I feel the depression coming on), and take long naps. I felt distinctly energized during my week at work, however, to the point that my husband noticed. Energized, "happy", worked late at work, etc. I'am really starting to wonder about my moods. Anyone with similar experiences, any thoughts on how to manage the ups and downs? Thanks, Anne
Do you wake up at the same time on weekends as you do during the week? If you wake up later on weekends, that might contribute to a worsening of the vegetative symptoms of depression. With affective disorders, it is important to maintain the circadian rhythm by keeping regular sleep/wake cycles. A good example would be going to bed at 11:00pm and waking at 7:00am. The rhythm is synchronized in large part by the environmental cue of waking up and probably being exposed to light. One way of getting extra sleep on weekends is to wake up at 7:00am (or regular weekday time), regardless of what time you went to bed the night before - even if it was 3:00am. It is best to get out of bed, put on a light, become fully awake, and then go back to bed. It really works.