Hey everybody, this is Chattery the Chipmunk here with an Arctic News Blast from Canada. No, really! Some of you may know that I’ve been down in the Black Hole for a long, long, long, long…..time. I keep going to my psychiatrist and he manages to make me laugh somehow, so he knows I’m not hospital material yet. But since I’m maxed out on the meds, there really hasn’t been anything to do except for hang on tight and think about my son and my dog and some other people who might be seriously bummed if I checked out.
Last week, though, Shrink-O-Matic had a brilliant idea! Light therapy! He gave me a “prescription” for a 10,000 Lux blue spectrum light made in Canada, where they really know from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It mimics the light of a beautiful blue sky!
Now, I am so sensitive to light that my mood changes for the worse if a cloud even covers the sun for a few seconds. I think one of the reasons I love to be in Israel (one of the many, many reasons) is that if I’m feeling down all I have to do is step outside into the Mediterranean Middle East blue sunny skies and I’m much better.
The instructions that came with the lamp say to use it for 20-30 minutes once a day in the morning. So I’ve been doing that, and it has been helping some. Then my therapist on Thursday had the bright idea that I should try using it twice a day.
So today I used it first thing in the morning, and again around 2 pm. So far I have gone for a long walk with The Dog, swept and vacuumed the entire house (if you can call this a house–it’s actually an unimproved barn-like structure, but it keeps the rain out and has heat), and redid my fan page on ReverbNation, and tried to learn something about investing in stocks, and…I am not at all tired, and it’s 10 pm, and I don’t think I’ll do that again.
It feels something like being on steroids, which is why I hated being on steroids when I had to take them because of inflammation. I think it could definitely lead to mania if continued.
So, tomorrow will be a one-dose day. Nevertheless, it is such a relief to NOT be depressed–you know what I mean–that I’ll take a hypomanic episode every now and then if that’s the way it has to work. I just have to write it on the inside of my eyelids: don’t buy stocks when hypomanic!!!