Rob - I agree -CH depression related, but not concurrent

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Posted by gary ( on November 29, 1999 at 18:55:21:

In Reply to: Depression after CH's posted by Rob D~ on November 29, 1999 at 13:25:14:

Rob -
I think you are right on the button.

In my view it seems that the mental/physical dynamics of ACTIVE CH are almost mutually exclusive with the depressive state.

CH attacks involve a HIGH energy level, an extremely focussed mental state, a "purpose" in our behavior (combatting the attacks) - -
all of which are the opposite of symptoms of depression

Be ready for a bunch of protesting howls - but usually the discussion degenerates into a debate over what is TRUE depression - a clinical situation in which the "emotions" and mental/physical symptoms are seemingly self-generating
and -
rational feelings of fatigue, despair and frustration which are reasonably predictable from a long bout of CH

also remember that some people are reporting being on some pretty astounding drug regimens - and in such cases, something as subtle as depression vs : being "extremely bummed out" certainly can get totally lost - which is certainly important to those individuals, but may have little bearing on a clear view of what ageneral or "classic" case might be

wouldn't it be something if we eventually find out that CH is the body's attempt to offset whatever is the physiological aspect of the root cause of depression ? !

and yes, people -
I KNOW that serious obstacles/setbacks can in fact "cause" a depressive state to develop,
but even in that case, once it's "set up", it assumes its own autogeneration, often regardless of whether the "triggering" event resolves or not

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