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Re: Manic Depression could be Narcolepsy?

Posted by Automanic on January 06, 2000 at 17:16:52:

In Reply to: Re: Manic Depression could be Narcolepsy? posted by Jana Castellano on January 06, 2000 at 10:35:28:

Thanks for your thoughtful response. It is enlightening to know that narcoleptics can suffer from insomnia and have irregular sleep patterns as well.

Although my situation may sound bad, I am a survivor, taking full responsibility for myself. Besides, there are alot of things that are really great about me!! (Consistency is not one of them)

I do believe that the bipolar diagnosis is valid, only because of the irritability intermixed with euphoria (or any of many manifestations) that rear their ugly head when I stop taking the Lithium Carbonate. Both mania and depression can affect ones ability to sleep so the idea has been that if I can control my "moods", that my sleep will return to normal. This has been somewhat true.

You may find this interesting, but perhaps the most difficult thing I have had to deal with (from a practical day-to-day standpoint) has been the excessive daytime sleepiness. I am an engineer (believeitornot!) and am plagued with an inability to read/concentrate/stay awake whenever I need to. I work below my potential but get by. Fortunately, my new medications seem to be working quite well.

I too have found that it is of UTMOST importance to regulate what I eat. Probably 50-60% of my calories come from protien and must occur early in the day. (Huge Breakfast, Medium protien lunch, small dinner.)

As I am adopted, there are no genetic indicators of either condition.

I will definitely bring the Narcolepsy component to my doctors attention. It may be that the narcolepsy is the primary cause of my mood disturbance -- you probably know how it feels after several days/weeks/months of no sleep!! You get a little looney. . .

I would be happy for a diagnosis of Narcolepsy. It really doesn't matter though, what I am called. What is important is what I must do to make it through the day.

My theory, and this may be true for all of us, is that it is very important to establish a routine, and stick to it in hopes that the body's internal clocks/rythyms get in sync with the outside world.
I cant drink and have to be very careful how wrapped up I get in recreational activities. Being able to sleep preety well is worth it though.

We are all the same. I wish you the best of luck!

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