Originally Posted by zhope
Thanks for posting. I had never heard that term, and I did google it. At least I now know that this is not something unique to me--and actually has a scientific term. For some reason understanding some of the science of depression helps me feel less like I'm just weak and it's something I should be able to snap out of. Not that it makes me want to justify and stay in it--but just that there is some scientific fact to this stuff.
I also ended up on another Depression site and saw a huge thread with people all saying the depression was worst in the morning.
As you said, understanding and doing something about it are two different things.
One woman said she set her alarm, took her med and then slept another half hour and it was better getting up. Don't think I could get back to sleep. but it's a thought.
Anyway, thanks a lot for replying.
Yes, it does make us feel a bit stronger, just knowing the terminology, that it's common and many have the same and don't know why. Mind you nights too are not uncommon for some.
Don't get the idea though that I have great knowledge or such. I have said to my current pdoc so many times over the decade "What does that mean in English?" so he explains it and then I can Google it and understand it. Whereas I wouldn't remember the term if he didn't explain.
Those that do read thos if you think about how many times you've seen a doc or a pdoc and they ask this question "Is it worse in the morning or evening?" or similar. It's one of their standard questions giving them the clue to where we are on the D scale. Diurnal tends to mean we have a reasonably determined little D on our hands, so to speak.
I topok the attitude back when I was ready to throw in the towel that I had to learn about this thing as it's too scary not knowing what's next and what it means and so on. Once you do know the main symptoms and terms you hear but ignore then it tends to desmystify it. Which, in itself, helps recovery.
So, ask your doc to speak your language! It is amazing how many people keep asking that question whereas a sample of FAQ's on the bigger sites would tell them the answer as it's been asked and answered often over the years. Sadly, I know that!