Posted by blueberry on March 15, 2006, at 20:04:20
In reply to Re: What Kind of Pattern Is This? » blueberry, posted by SLS on March 15, 2006, at 8:02:17
> > What is this pattern?
> I'm not sure. I'll be interested to see what others have to say about it.
> > I've never heard of bipolar having a consistent daily pattern month after month?
> Yes. Usually, it follows a pattern similar to atypical unipolar depression.
Hmmm. Interesting. Maybe I should give a second thought to my doctor's lamictal suggestion.
> My pattern looks something like this:
> Early morning: least depressed
> 10:30 - 12:30 PM: medium depressed
> 1:00 - 3:00 PM: most depressed
> 4:30 - 7:30: medium depressed
> Late evening: less depressed
> • What time do you go to bed?
About 10:00pm with lunesta...otherwise would probably be up all night unable to sleep.
> • How does sleep deprivation affect you?
> • Have you ever tried taking melatonin? Did it make you feel worse?
Yeah, melatonin or tryptophan which converts to melatonin, either one make me feel intensely depressed the next day.
> The cortisol thing sounds interesting. It might be informative to have a basic blood cortisol test taken at 8:00AM and 4:00PM. Racer is a real wiz with that stuff.
> - Scott