Always depressed in August

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superanxious 21
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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I may be the only person on earth who has seasonal depression in the summer. Even my psychiatrist thinks its amazing. Anyways, I was hospitalized last summer in August for severe anxiety and depression. I feel like I may need to go in again. It's sooo frustrating. I have tried every anti-d under the sun. Was just on Paxil but had to stop because I was getting ten times worse. Now I have to frequently rely on my Klonopin, which I know isn't ideal. My doc is on vacation...not sure if I should go into one of the emergency APS clinics in the area. My boyfriend, who is extremely supportive, thinks I should wait it out today and see if I feel better tomorrow. Love him but he clearly doesn't understand how depression works :) It's certainly not like getting over a cold or the flu. I cried all night and morning. Called out of work and now just trying to figure out what to do.My mom thinks I need to see the doc today before I begin to spiral like I did last year. Anyone have any advice on when to decide what action to take...just wait out my doctor coming back from vacation or go to an emergency clinic.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to read you are feeling so down.  I agree with your Mother and would make it a priority to see a physician today.  Perhaps a hospital stay can be avoided this way.
Please do keep on talking with us as we are all here to support you.
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red lightening
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   Posted 8/3/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I too get down in the summer as opposed to the winter.
I live in the desert and it gets up to 115 hot
you can't go outside. I prefer the Fall and Winter. Glad you're
here and I hope you start feeling better soon.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
As much as i hate to say it mums are pretty much rite 99% of the time, and if u already feeling that bad, dont wait coz you are only going to suffer more in the long run. I hope u feel better and i too know how it feels wen ur boyfriend dosnt quite understand. I think see a doctor asap :) feel better

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   Posted 8/3/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the above posts. Try to get in and see a doctor as soon as you can. Maybe your doctor has another physician that is taking his place. This is important for your mental state right now. Maybe there is something that they can add to your Anti-D that can help you for a while. Atleast until you fee better.

The summer went by fast. Is August the only month that really bothers you? I love autumn so that is my favorite season. We had a cool summer and it went by really fast.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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gentleman k
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   Posted 8/3/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you ever have any kind of traumatic experience or any kind of a bad experience during the summer months? If so, this might have impacted your life whereas every summer it tends to rear up it's ugly head at you and causes anxiety or depression. I had a situation whereas my depression would always kick in for me in January because of some traumatic experiences that happened to me during that time several years ago. This could be what's going on in your life if that's happened to you. I'm doing much better now thanks to my therapist. Try to see a dr. who specializes in mental disorders and it might help you. Good luck and keep us posted!

gentleman k

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   Posted 8/3/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hi k-man! im sure ive spoken to you on-line. im soory youve been feeling so depressed.i, too have more trouble in the fall and spring. part of the reasonn you may have trouble in the fall is it sparks the ending of certain things; flowers blooming, most crops , children being out of school, the time changing,etc. i always get depresses in the fall because my daughter goes back to school ans i know i will miss her so much during the day. i hope you feel better soon and please dont hesitate to get the help you need.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, doc or emergency. sometimes the help lines are of support to. an admission when required is vital, i have had 28 plus a 6 month inpatient stay for people with severe borderline personality disorder. each admission i work very hard, in therapy, with the shrink, nurses etc. i have not been hospitalized in nearly four years. i am proud of this, yet i know myself real well, thus if an intervention is required i will glady seek assistance. sorry that you are feeling real down, remember we are here for you. with loving compassion.
dx, mdd, severe bordrline personality disorder.

gentleman k
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   Posted 8/4/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hey cbear

Thanks for your reply. Yes we've talked before and looking forward to chatting with you again. I'm doing better now and thanks for your concern. You take care and we will try and chat again.

gentleman k

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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
You're not the only one. I used to get depressed in August every year. For me it is related to the school calendar. I was a teacher for 12 years but had to change occupations. I love to teach and miss it, I miss the environment of school and I miss the challenge and stimulation of the classroom. It may sound weird but I miss teaching but I don't miss being a teacher. They are two different things when you are teaching you are in the classroom but being a teacher includes a lot of impossible things, horrendous office politics and backstabbing. One year my district went on strike. That same year the district cut their budget, the state cut education funding and being that I was not the most senior person in the district I was out of a job. None of the nearby districts were hiring. With two kids heading for college it was time for a change with more stability. I have a good job now, I make more money then I ever would have as a teacher with a degree, certification, master's degree plus 96 credits.....but it isn't teaching.

Once I realized the connection it was easier to deal with. I see a naturalpath who did identify very low Vitamin D levels. I was supplimenting Vitamine D and taking Lexapro. For the last three years I have gotten off Lexapro in the spring time and by August have been a mess. My doctor theorizes that I had built up my levels of D and seratonin and by August I had depleted the supply. She says that some people just have naturally low levels. This year I am still on Lexapro and doing fine.

Try to figure out why August is a trigger. I will be worth the analysis.
Walk in harmony
I refuse to define myself by my condition or the meds I take

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