Trying to understand why my anxiety/depression spikes
March 24, 2011 6:15 PM Subscribe
What might cause a marked spike in my anxiety/depression symptoms from 5pm-8pm (almost to the minute)? In terms of body chemistry, sleep/wake cycle, hormones, etc what does my body have going on during this time?
posted by punkfloyd to health & fitness (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 40 year old male who's had moderate anxiety/depression for about 15 years. After a sleep study, I learned I had severe sleep apnea which my doctor suspects is root cause of the anxiety/depression. After 6 months of sleeping better using a CPAP, my overall mood has improved, but... I now experience a marked spike in depression/anxiety from 5:00pm-8:00pm. While this timeframe coincides with evening rush hour, picking up kids, dinner time, kids homework, I sort of like doing those things and don't think they're the trigger. Other info, caffeine is limited to 2 cups of coffee in morning, I eat pretty regularly, I don't exercise and bed time is 10:00pm-6:00pm. Oh, and I stopped taking 20mg Paxil recently after 11 years.