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While we usually think of SAD as occurring during the winter months, this forum member has a different perspective:
Does anyone here have spring/summer SAD? I was dx'd with this about 3-4 years ago and it really sucks. I know it's kinda rare and people usually have it in the winter, but I get it in the summer. It's not fair that most people get to go out and enjoy the sunshine and nice weather and do all kinds of outdoor activities, while I feel more depressed on nice sunny days. What's worse is that we don't have a very long season here in WI of nice, warm days that are enjoyable. I do go out with people on nice days and do things if they ask, but it's mostly fake acting happy and having fun. I do try to force myself to go out and walk for exercise instead of sitting home and getting more and more depressed. The anti-depressants I'm on don't help and my psych knows I have this disorder, so he doesn't really try to help. There's not much more he can do. I tend to like the rainy days, where I can just sit and watch the rain, or stormy days where I just listen to the thunder and watch for lightning. Those are the days I feel better and will sometimes even go out for walks in the rain. Life just isn't fair. --Janey38
Can you relate to Janey38's dilemma? Share your experiences in the comments.
Jessica1307 posted the following question to our forum:
I have been on Zoloft 50 mg for 3 years and it has been a miracle drug -really cut down on obsessive thoughts and chronic unhappiness.
My major side effect is frequent, severe night sweats. I get them several nights a week. I know this is a common side effect for some people. I'm wondering if anyone has a good solution besides going off the Zoloft.
BTW, I am healthy, not overweight, don't drink caffeine, don't drink alcohol before bed and my bedding is not excessive.
Thank you for any help - even commiseration - you offer.
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Tortoiseshell on our forum asked the following question:
I feel it is time for me to change meds or add something to the current meds.
I am currently on Pristiq 100mg/day and Lamictal 200 mg/day. Increasing the dose didn't help, but worsened the side effects. These meds worked relatively well for me for 3 years until last September I had very emotionally difficult situation and got into destructive relationship. It threw me back again. Since then I haven't been able to enjoy myself and life despite of going to counseling weekly. Just not getting better.
I am seeing my psychiatrist next week. She is very flexible about med options. She pretty much lets me decide if I want to try something or stay the same.
In 12 years I tried a lot, so don't really know what other options are. Here is what I tried:
SSRI/SNRI/other: Pristiq (worked the best so far), Zoloft (no effect), Prozac (no effect but side effects), Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin (hated it)
Mood stabilizer: Lamictal (seems to be working so far)
Antianxiety: Buspar (no help with anxiety, but was making me more depressed)
Antipsychotic: Abillify (tried for 1 day, I thought I would jump out of my own skin)
I am not sure what else to try. Maybe keep Pristiq and Lamictal and add something. I am not getting restful sleep, maybe try Trazodone. Not sure. Any ideas?
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