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Depression in AM

Posted by lauram on July 21, 2004, at 14:21:20

I'm not sure if this is a question for this board but will go ahead. I am on Lamictal 150mg twice a day for BPII. Does anyone experience more depression in the morning/afternoon than in the evening? I am quite depressed in the morning, then in the late afternoon my spirits lift (not hypomanic) and life seems so much better. Just curious.

 

Re: Depression in AM lauram

Posted by cpallen79 on July 21, 2004, at 15:04:28

In reply to Depression in AM, posted by lauram on July 21, 2004, at 14:21:20

Hi There, I have been through that, it feels crappy to wake up in the morning that way... except I was in an agitated depression so I'd be depressed AND panic stricken in the morning... very very very common in depression... I would say to get up in the morning and go for a good walk to clear your mind, and also try to focus on the moment, as that can help...also meditate. Talk to your Pdoc about a med called Wellbutrin, BP folks generally tolerate it well (doesn't hit your serotonin receptors) and it can help with that nasty depression.


> I'm not sure if this is a question for this board but will go ahead. I am on Lamictal 150mg twice a day for BPII. Does anyone experience more depression in the morning/afternoon than in the evening? I am quite depressed in the morning, then in the late afternoon my spirits lift (not hypomanic) and life seems so much better. Just curious.

 

Re: Depression in AM

Posted by tampagirl70 on July 21, 2004, at 16:17:18

In reply to Re: Depression in AM lauram, posted by cpallen79 on July 21, 2004, at 15:04:28

when i've been depressed, the mornings are always the worst for me. the thought of getting out of bed is crippling and then when i do get up, i'm miserable. usually around 5 or 6 pm my spirits would get better and my nights would be more tolerable than the days. i've been told this is very common and has something to do with our bodies' internal clocks and rhythms.

 

Re: Depression in AM tampagirl70

Posted by cpallen79 on July 21, 2004, at 16:41:25

In reply to Re: Depression in AM, posted by tampagirl70 on July 21, 2004, at 16:17:18

Tampa girl, I've heard this too. It's amazing because when it's happening to you, you feel so awful and utterly alone. to learn that it's a very common phenonemon is reassuring.

> when i've been depressed, the mornings are always the worst for me. the thought of getting out of bed is crippling and then when i do get up, i'm miserable. usually around 5 or 6 pm my spirits would get better and my nights would be more tolerable than the days. i've been told this is very common and has something to do with our bodies' internal clocks and rhythms.

 

Re: Depression in AM

Posted by pretty_paints on July 22, 2004, at 10:05:43

In reply to Re: Depression in AM tampagirl70, posted by cpallen79 on July 21, 2004, at 16:41:25

Yeh I definately have this. I always used to be terrible in the mornings, I'd beg my mum or dad to give me a call from work to try to coax me out of bed! Then Id get out of bed, sit down on the floor and then be there for like 50 hours. So then Id head downstairs and sit on the sofa and not be able to move. ARRRGGH! Just go get some breakfast damnit!! It got to the point where I just refused to sit down until I had gotten a cup of tea and blah blah, coz I knew Id never get up again if I took a pause! I bought some of that rescue remedy too, and (okay I know this sounds stupid) but in the end, if I'd been plonked somewhere for hours, I would just take some of the RR and then just force myself to GET UP. Often I'd be walking around clapping my hands (okaaay) really hard, just to distract myself from THINKING!!

Anyway point is, the afternoon would be better and then by the time my dad got home from work, say 10pmish, I'd be feeling more in control. To the point where I'd think about things and feel a little better etc etc, and think things would be ok. And then the next morning comes and I'm back to square one!! Eeeek.

Yeh its very normal. Well, with depression that is! And I do reckon that even people who arnt actually *depressed*, if they have pessimistic tendencies or an anxious disposition, they follow a similar style of just feeling better as the day goes on. My mum has the opposite! She's like someone from the Braidy Bunch, up at the crack of dawn, humming away and ladeda, being all happy!! She's great in the mornings. But then come about 9pm, shes feeling tired and irritable...

Anyway, look at me waffling! xx

 

Re: Depression in AM

Posted by lauram on July 22, 2004, at 12:12:16

In reply to Depression in AM, posted by lauram on July 21, 2004, at 14:21:20

Thanks everyone. It is nice to know that other people go through the same thing. I think it does have something to do with daily cycles. Interesting.


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