Colds, Sneezes & Depression!

Winter time means a lot of things to different people.  If you love to ski you hit the slopes.  If you like reading maybe you curl up to an open fire and turn the pages.  If you have seasonal affective disorder, you dread the change of seasons because usually depression begins to linger.

In my case, winter brought me a cold.  Having a cold should not be a big deal, but when you spend a great deal of time fighting bipolar depression the symptoms of a common cold can seem a bit more daunting.

Sometimes I have a difficult time telling the difference between the cold fatigue and depression fatigue.  The dreaded sleepiness begins to set-in and I start sleeping more and more.  I get a little down or blue because these darn symptoms remind me of the days I could not get out of bed.  I start to dread the possibility of another depressive episode rearing it’s ugly head….again.

But then, thankfully I sneeze.  My nose starts to run, my ears begin to plug and my head starts to hurt.  In a strange kind of way, I am glad for the signs and symptoms of the common cold.

Lot’s of people get a cold in the winter.  But to someone who experiences severe depression the symptoms of a cold can be very alarming because a cold can trigger a depressive episode.

Living with bipolar disorder and/or depression is more than just taking a hand full of pills and “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.”  It takes a continual effort to recognize the symptoms and learn to manage them, especially in the midst of a cold.

One thing that helps me is to remind myself it is not depression.  I tell myself in a few days this feeling is going to pass and I will feel better.  I try not to worry too much.

But if I said I did not struggle with it, that would be a lie.  I struggle.  I fight.  I pray.  And believe it or not, I welcome the sneezes!

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Colds, Sneezes & Depression!

  1. Dear Amy, I too am sneezing right now and curiously also welcoming the sneezes instead of the blocked nose, throat and even ears I had for pretty much of December. other than that, I emapthize with the rest and wish you well 🙂

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      1. Amy thanks for the reply. Now am no more that sick, only the sneezes and the way too much dust am inhaling. but that’s my country. As for other things especially mental stuffs, am trying my best to take good care of me 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, Amy. I am sleeping way more than usual and have been wondering why. Forgetting with bpd also comes sad and forget until it’s in full swing. Thanks for helping stop beating myself up for no reason. I just need to hang with it until the season is over, and light more lamps in the house. 🙂

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    1. Hi Susan…the ole tell tale sign for me recognizing a depressive episode is sleeping. It’s like I become a hibernating bear. I hope you feel better and I have heard lights can help. Never tried it myself but whatever works right? Happy New Year to you.

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