who knew ?

Apr. 20th, 2007 12:17 pm
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I learned something very interesting today at the doctor's office: it seems that it isn't coincidence that Waco, Texas, Columbine, and VT (she had other examples I've already forgotten) all happened in April. We were talking about bi-polar issues, and she said that it's very common. People get depressed through the winter months and essentially hibernate. Then in April, it gets warmer, more sunlight, and they start to get more active, or agitated, depending on degree. They still have the dark thoughts and now have the energy to act them out. More suicides, too. Damn, it seems downright obvious when explained like that.

Date: 2007-04-20 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverstah.livejournal.com
That actually kinda makes sense - I know *I* have more energy in April, and start actively working on stuff that I was merely planning through the winter.

Date: 2007-04-20 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syaldia.livejournal.com
Makes sense to me. It takes me until around May/June to be back to "myself" but April is close.

Date: 2007-04-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zihuatanejo.livejournal.com
Hmmmmm... back in frosh year of college, I think it was February that I went down to the student health center to get some meds for the first time.
Later problems showed up later in Spring (March and April, including my recent Feb-Mar go with some anxiety issues).

Date: 2007-04-20 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syaldia.livejournal.com
It would make sense, to me, for anxiety-like problems to show up in the spring.

Date: 2007-04-20 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
Interesting! It really surprised me. I'm well aware of the hibernating part of it.... very prone to that. As far as I am aware, my anxiety has tended to relate more to specific things like whatever iteration of That Damned Paper is due. They (papers) do tend to be concentrated more in the spring, though-- end of semester, at least. Still, I think it's papers and not seasonal for me.

Date: 2007-04-20 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syaldia.livejournal.com
I think that would depend on the underlying cause of the anxiety. Anxiety triggered by papers is normal. Yay school.

My problems are generally worse in the fall, but that's because of the overwhelming apathy and dread. I'm so looking forward to summer.

Date: 2007-04-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luciab.livejournal.com
I probably should have said "more due to papers and less seasonal" rather than sounding like it's all one or the other. Lord knows seasons do affect me, I just never noticed anxiety being one of the effects.

Date: 2007-04-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] margaretc.livejournal.com
hmm. Wonder if this is that problem too, then? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18233965/

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