bipolar depressive episodes bipolar 2

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gaz
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   Posted 4/28/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
wondering how long other peoples depressive episodes last on average mine lasts aproxx 6 to 12months nearly 7 months into this episode could come out of it any day or month.

Crissi
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   Posted 4/28/2006 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, honestly I'm not sure.  I spend the winter very depressed and get a little nuts come March, usually (this year, it started the end of Feb).  The psychiatrist thinks it maybe some kind of a mixed episode.  I get very depressed and think of death and how I cant' handle living like this and the racing thoughts, etc.  I could climb the walls with the bad energy.  I get a little agoraphobic too and very unsocial.  In the summer my mood lifts quite a bit but I would say I am probably even mildly depressed for periods during the summer.  I'm new at this so I haven't really kept track.  Definitely winter is the worst for depression and my spring fever (agitated depression) as my family has always called it.
 
Take care,
Crissi

whitedog
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/6/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi:

If your depression continues that long, you probably need your meds adjusted.  Read somewhere that once a depression takes hold, it depletes the serotonin and can take months for your brain to correct it naturally, thus the need for meds.

When the days start getting longer, we often become manic/hypomanic.  There's a theory that BP is partially caused by our internal clockes getting out of wack leading to more depression in the fall/winter and mania/hypomania in the spring and summer.


Hayley

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