Employment Related Reactive Affective and Temper Insufficiently Controlled Syndrome (ERRATIC syndrome)

I used to think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but my depressive mood hasn’t improved recently in spite of the fact that I am seeing significant amounts of sunlight most days of the week.  It is light late enough that am able to run outside at 6pm or even later some days and although warm days are still rare, we have had as many sunny days as overcast days recently so I had really hoped my mood would have improved by now.  Another reason my mood disorder may not be entirely seasonal is that my mood improves quite dramatically to essentially normal if not euphoric when I go on a vacation.  This has led me to a new self-diagnosis which is an affective disorder best characterized as employment related.  I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out given that it is a clearly inherited disorder.  My mom suffered from this condition throughout most of her adult life without ever being formally diagnosed.  In retrospect what she described as Sunday night anxiety was clearly a symptom of the disease and I have this same symptom although probably in a more severe form.  My dad retired at age 58 which in my mind is a clear sign of advanced disease progression.  Luckily both my mom and dad were able to retire at a relatively young age and both are now in complete remission.  My sister is less fortunate, although she clearly had ERRATIC syndrome for the entire 20 years (nearly) of her employment, she can not afford the only real cure for the disease which is early retirement.  She now suffers from a similar syndrome associated with unemployment (UnERRATIC syndrome) which seems to be equally unpleasant and debilitating.  I’m not sure if my brother suffers from ERRATIC syndrome, but I suspect he also has at least a mild case.

OK, the acronym is a stretch, I probably could have come up with a better one if I had devoted a little more time and energy.

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