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Reverse Seasonal Affective disorder - May 2nd 2012, 11:57 PM

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I have Reverse Seasonal Affective disorder, which has similar symtoms to normal Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as winter blues), but it also causes anxiety and it's more or an agitated depression than lethargic.

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer I can feel the anxiety starting to pick up again. It's not affecting me too much just yet, I just feel a bit edgy. But when it gets really bad I spend most of the day dreading night time more and more as the day goes on. When it gets to night time I put off going to bed as long as i can, which actually only makes it worse when I finally do. Usually when I go to bed I can get myself to think rationally and stay fairly calm so I can manage to get to sleep. But I have spent night crying uncontrollably because i feel so panicky and all I want to do is be calm enough to sleep and for the night to be over.

I only get relief from it 4 months of the year (November-February) and I just can't go through another 8 months of feeling like that again. I have already tried two different anti-depressants that are meant to help with anxiety; Citalopram and Sertraline. Citalopram just made me feel really bad physically and didn't seem to affect me emotionally, and Sertraline helped with the depression, but seemed to make me feel more anxious, even during months I'm usually okay. I'm just kind of scared to try anything else, which I know is stupid. It also seems pointless as the chance of anything helping and not affecting me badly is really slim.

I don't really know what to do anymore. I just know I can't go through another year like that. I wish I could just curl up in a ball and it would fix everything; if only that would actually work.

I'm sorry about the essay, and if you actually read this far thank you. Do you have any ideas that could help? =/
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Re: Reverse Seasonal Affective disorder - May 3rd 2012, 02:25 AM

Maybe the poster could try some medications that are meant to treat Depression and Anxiety (i.e. Wellbutrin), either that or have an anti-depressant and take an Anxiety medication along with it.


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