Posted by SLS on May 24, 2012, at 6:42:51
In reply to Does mania usually happen in the PM?, posted by alchemy on May 21, 2012, at 11:28:43
> I'm just a sort-of bipolar II, just vary in the severity of depression. I don't stay up late, and will use ambien if I can't sleep. But I often have these ideas while I am laying in bed, or I get up after laying in bed. And then I wake up in the morning - what the heck was I thinking?.
As I believe someone already mentioned, the course of depression throughout the day can display a regular pattern. This diurnal variation should not be confused with a mood switch from depression to mania. True diurnal bipolar mood switches are rare and are labelled ultradian rapid cycling.
The differences you experience in thought content from evening to morning can be explained by biological mood drift. It could, on the other hand, be explained by a change in the operation of you psyche as you allow your thoughts to wander while laying in bed. Do you record the thoughts you have at night? It would be interesting to see if there is a common theme between them.
Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw