Ahhhhh, the first hints of Spring........the pink and white buds on trees, the stirring of new life in the woods and the hedges, the daffodils and crocuses poking yellow and purple heads up over the decorative fence in the front yard, and of course, the corresponding flareup of allergies and asthma.
And.....mood swings. Mostly up, up, UP!
I love the spring and summer months---they're my high-energy time. The advent of sunnier and warmer weather brings with it a sense that all is once again well, and a burst of activity follows close upon its heels---if I'm not out in the garden, I'm bopping around the house scrubbing baseboards and cleaning out closets. I didn't get the chance to do any of it last year because I was about 45 lbs heavier and was lucky to pull a few weeds before collapsing in exhaustion, so this year I am literally rarin' to GO!!
So......does anyone else with depression or other 'mentally interesting' conditions have moods that change with the seasons? (And no, you don't have to be bipolar to experience this phenomenon.) Almost everyone knows about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); but what happens when the cold and the darkness go away? Do you feel like you've gotten a new lease on life? Does your appetite and activity level increase or decrease? Or, do you do the opposite of most folks, and go into a funk during the warm months?
Please share your experiences!
Hi, Viva! I'm one of those people who cycles down in the summer. Almost all my hospitalizations have been in June or July. In spite of this, I love summer. I'm not much for gardening because everything I've ever planted has decided not to live! I have rheumatoid arthritis & the cold weather plays havoc with my joints. I've been in pretty much constant pain since Christmas Eve. I even got to the point where I'm using a cane if I have to walk very far or for a long period of time (think shopping). I'm definitely looking forward to warm weather to calm some of that down. I also hate the weight of winter coats!
Last edit by poppycat on Mar 18, '13
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