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Old 04-19-2019, 04:56 PM #1
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Default Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I used to get depressed pretty reliably in the fall and winter, then feel better in the spring. I didn't get depressed this winter, now it's spring and I feel like crap. The weather is great and I can hardly get out of bed.

Anyone else with a seasonal pattern ever have the seasons shift?
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I hope you have a lift in your mood soon, exclamationpoint. Maybe give it a little extra time.

I do have a pretty solid history of spring upswings. In recent year, with the exception of last year, they have been fairly mild but quite pleasant. They have required increases in my antipsychotic, but were managed. I mention last year as an exception because I became full blown manic with a brief psychosis last May. The mania started in mid May and reached its head at the end of May. It was a scary horrible situation. I felt really bad for my husband who had to endure it. Luckily I did avoid hospitalization, but I needed emergency appointments with my psychiatrist.

Most of my psychiatric hospitalizations for mania or mania with mixed features were in the spring. I even spent my birthday (in mid May) in the psych hospital once. They actually made it pretty darned nice, considering. They had a surprise party for me, with a cake, and many of the other patients gave me pieces of art they had created in art therapy. One patient gave me a Mickey Mouse watch. I have no idea where he came up with that, but it was touching. I remember also being in the psych hospital over the 4th of July, but no other holiday.
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

Oh yea. When not on medications, I get manic in February, depressed in March, depressed in July, manic in October, and depressed in December.
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I feel more unstable in spring and fall. I think it's more the shifts in light.
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I think in the South we get seasonal affective disorder in summer because we stay inside with the air conditioning and don't get enough sun. In the "winter" it's nice enough that I can go outside. Luckily spring is late this year. It's still in the 70s.
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I usually get depressed in winter and feel much better in spring. I avoided as much depression this winter with a light box but now I'm still feeling somewhat depressed this spring.
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I could set my calendar by my seasonal mood swings. I get depressed in the late fall/winter and manic in the spring and summer. This year I haven't been manic, which is unusual, but I've had several med adjustments in the past few months and the new regimen is keeping me on an even keel. It's all related to changes in the angle of the sun's light, which are most noticeable in the spring and fall. I'm especially sensitive and I have to use a light box during the dark and cold months, while in the spring and summer months I have to wear special amber lenses in the evening so I can go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Otherwise I am apt to stay up all night despite the combination of "downers" I take at bedtime.
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I would say yes but mines is weird. Jan-April depression, May-Sept mania and Oct-Dec depression with mania coming back in December.

However the last few years its switched so I'm depressed in the Summer May-Sept and manic in Winter Oct- April

Unsure why its changed. My Psychiatrist and Nurse have said S.A.D affects you no matter what. So maybe it's normal to switch who knows
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Default Re: Anybody had a seasonal pattern shift?

I used to notice my mood changed in spring and in autumn.
Now as long as it痴 sunny I知 happy regardless of the season.
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