Yep. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Very common. Actually, 10 percent of people currently have SAD. Characteristically, SAD is onset and remission. Change in light exposure is one of the greatest causes of SAD, which is so weird I know, but true. There is a direct ratio to how much sunlight you get and how happy you get. So, just as there is more sunlight in the summer months, May seems to be the time that he is having his SAD. I'm not saying to cut back the sunlight, lol. But I am saying that if he keeps getting these manic episodes, which can be not content, he needs to find other meds that will work for him.
BP is a varying disease that many people don't often think about as being a completely normal condition. Just like normal people, we have our ups and downs, but there is something in our brain (basically brain misfiring) that is making us do the things we do, or feel the way we feel. Your dad is exactly the same normal person, just with something unique to add to his profile =). Hope this helps.
"Stability is a place bipolar people only visit"
Bipolar II, rapid cycler, severe depression/hypomania, severe anxiety, and lifesaver- Shadley's Titan, nine-year-old reg. Quarter Horse Gelding.
Past: Depakote, Lexapro
Current: Lamictal, Abilify, Buspirome, Minocycline, omega 3, probiotics
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