I am going through a particularly bad patch just now, and wearing my nondepressed friends out with my "whining," so I thought I'd better post here. I am 35, and I've been struggling with depression since I was 9. Of course back when it started depression was not understood even as well as it is now, so I had to deal with being considered difficult on top of coping with the disease.
I suffer from summer seasonal affective disorder, which means that while everyone else is delighting in the sun and fun my depression doubles in intensity. We are having a heatwave where I live (it's been going on for two weeks), and I am in a very bad way. I take Prozac for the depression, Ambien for insomnia, and Xanax for occasional panic attacks. I can sometimes control the depression with exercise (walking and yoga), but since it got so hot I can't bring myself to do it. I am a freelancer, so I need to be very self-motivated, and right now it's simply not happening. Case in point: I've been trawling the internet for depression resources instead of working. Anyone have advice for keeping on track during an episode?