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Is this normal for depression?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by ~Shiori~, Mar 27, 2011.

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  1. ~Shiori~

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    Does anyone else feel more depressed at night? It might sound strange of a question but I could swear I feel worse at night then I do during the day. During the day I just feel tired and blah but at night I easily cry and horrible thoughts easily come to mind. I know its not normal for a normal person but is it common with depression?
  2. acecoffee

    acecoffee Active Member

    it is , thats the same with me , maybe because i m more alone at night , easily get suicidial thought.while i was in stay in psycharistic hospital , more crisis occur at night as well.
  3. takencontrol

    takencontrol Well-Known Member

    i agree i feel more depressed at night too, not quite sure why...
  4. the masked depressant

    the masked depressant Well-Known Member

    same with me.

    and also mid afternoon is a bad time for me
  5. gakky1

    gakky1 Well-Known Member

    Same here too, seems like it's that way for all us responders. Not sure why, because it's dark? Or because if we wasted another day doing nothing we feel guilty? It's even worse for me when I go/try to sleep, seems every depressing and suicidal thought that I can think of rushes into my brain and stays there.:mhmm:
  6. ~Shiori~

    ~Shiori~ Account Closed

    Well that does help a little, atleast I am not alone in how I feel. Now I am just unsure of how to go about helping myself with it. No matter what meds I have been on, the nighttime is always worse. So even if meds had me "leveled out" during the day, I would then be on a light depression during the night. If I am not on meds the day is bad but the night is horrible. Yet there is no way to get around the night... it is going to come if I want it to or not.

    I have tried leaving the lights on, installing UV lights, adding brighter decore (those were then resold at yard sale, so not me) so I am at a loss of what to do.
  7. Chargette

    Chargette Well-Known Member

    Night time is often the hardest. I've been through a lot of rough nights in my life. I have some favorite movies to put in the VCR for times like that.
  8. KGames

    KGames Member

    The sun is an anti-depressant. The night is a guaranteed increase in depression, ever so slightly.
  9. Leiaha

    Leiaha Well-Known Member

    Same here too, nighttime is the worst and gets worse as the night goes on. If I can't sleep it's terrible :hug:

    Lea x x
  10. barto

    barto Well-Known Member

    There was a poll/thread in the Midnight Owls section of SF where most of the people answered Yes, they do feel worse at night, you're not alone on this. I answered No to that poll, but lately I've been feeling positively tortured at night.
  11. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    Yep... night is worse. That's why the doc has increased my meds during the night. Don't want any sneaky suicidal thoughts to creep in.
  12. icequeen

    icequeen Well-Known Member

    yup, for the most part night is worse...whether its the blackness something seems to trigger things more at night. for me i dont think its being alone, i crave isolation which i dont get during the day and relish the time when peeps are gone, i just think nighttime brings a different feeling and maybe tiredness and bodyclock has something to do with our thought processes. i tend to overthink stuff at night...i blame the bats!
  13. solutions

    solutions Well-Known Member

    Doesn't anyone else think that's kind of strange? At least, to anyone who's studied depression?

    It makes much more sense for depression to be worse in the morning. I'm familiar with this because that's more my tendency, and I know of other people who have also had rougher times in the morning. The simple reason is because it's a new day without any promise. At night, you know you can comfort yourself through sleep, and maybe wake up feeling different or renewed. In the morning, you're at the mercy of the day in front of you. Suddenly the morning's here and everything's expected of you. This overwhelms many people with depression, and is in fact the riskiest time for suicide--most suicides occur in the morning.

    Statistically, or so I've heard, more people with endogenous or melancholic depression have it harder in the morning. And, conversely, those with reactive or atypical depression have it hardest at night.

    So to answer the question, "Is it normal for depression"...well, it's less common among those with endogenous, extremely severe or melancholic depression--the people who would not be on this board, but rather in psychiatric hospitals, which would explain the board's overwhelming response toward nighttime. It's more common for reactive, mild to moderate, or atypical depression.
  14. Mr Stewart

    Mr Stewart Well-Known Member

    Worst times for me are 7am-2pm, provided I'm awake of course. At night the world quiets down a bit and the light is not so bright. I feel a little better then.

    Should probably also mention that I have delayed sleep phase syndrome and being awake during aforementioned time period means I am likely running on less than an hour's worth of sleep. Multiply that by however many consecutive days I must wake up early for work reasons.
  15. Funkmonk

    Funkmonk Active Member

    This happens with me. im more likely to want to hang myself in the evening.
  16. My doc prescribed sleep meds in conjunction with anti-depression meds. I long for the night and go to bed early - when I can sleep and be unconscious - a brief respite from the remembered horrors of my husbands suicide. But I have started waking up at about 8am and taking more sleep meds to shorted my day some and give me another 4 hours of oblivion. I know it is not advisable but I cannot seem to motivate myself to do anything else.

    To the person who says the sun is an anti-depressent, last I read it was supposed to help by stimulating the pineal gland in the brain. But the author of the book I am reading (which is very helpful) says that it is a popular misconception.

    In case it may help others - the name of the book is "Beyond Fear..." and is written by Dorothy Rowe.
  17. Ðisturbed03

    Ðisturbed03 Member

    yes, i am more likely to feel suicidal or self harm urges during nightime.
  18. Outcast187

    Outcast187 Member

    Yeah, mid afternoons are a bitch... I hate them
  19. Roots

    Roots Well-Known Member

    I actually find it easier to relax at night. Might be mostly due to my anxiety. I'm not more depressed at night than during the day - I think.
  20. Young suicider

    Young suicider Well-Known Member

    Same for me. I usually get on SF when I am depressed...and probably 99% of my posts are at night.
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