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Sean/andrewb and Susan. Hints for your down days!

Posted by Cynthia on August 8, 1999, at 23:35:52

In reply to Re: Andrew & Cynthia, posted by Sean on August 8, 1999, at 17:43:52

Hi Sean, Andrew and Susan,

I discovered mine after seeking help for a 'knock the life right out of me depression' - which was in February, probrably my Seasonal Affective Disorder (I find it interesting that you have this too Sean). This depression was so big that just before I sought help I couldn't even wake up for more than 20 minutes a day; At the time I didn't really know what depression was or could be, and I honestly thought I must be dying of some kind of physical disease and called an ambulance to come get me. Once this mostly cleared up many moons later, and I was now educated and aware of what moods were and how to spot them, there was that very farmilar rapid cycling coming and going like clockwork. I can trace them very clearly back to my late teens and very early 20s, like you Sean. I remember trying to go to bed and get some sleep but I'd just be bursting with ideas some nights, then the next morning I'd wake up with a great deal of struggle, and try to figure out why I had no desire to get out of bed to do what I was so excited about the night before.

So Sean, I was in my very late 20s when depression finally won the war and I enlisted myself into psychiatry. Don't quote me on this but I think I remember hearing or reading that when a woman is bipolar, they struggle more with the depression part of the disorder than men do. That's coming from the recesses of my brain and I'm no scientist.

I'm feeling not Greater and Greater, but better and better and it's quite the relief. I don't think I've ever felt normal so this is all new and exciting to me - although I know I used to look at 'normal' people and think 'oh my god, how boring'.

HINTS - for dealing with the down side of cyclothymia if you don't want to take a mood stabilizer. This is what has helped me.

1. try light therapy on your down days. I borrowed one from a doctor to make sure it worked before I bought my own.

2. I'm on dexedrine for my ADD (one woman/many disorders). Not only does this work wonders for my ADD, but it helped me be a busy productive person on my down days. I didn't necessarily feel better but I'd get so much done, that I'd feel good about this, and that in turn would help affect my moods, and this started a very positive cycle.

Those are my hints,

Susan, I like lithium, it pretty well works within a couple of days. I could sell that drug. I could also sell Dexedrine.

Andrewb, I'm curious as to whether you have also noticed a seasonal rhythm to your moods?

peace, love, and wonderful enjoyable highs.




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