Question of the day

Do you get more depressed during a power blackout?

Author: Carol anne

I am 40 years young. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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      1. Oh, I see! You could invent beautiful stories. I often did that on long car rides when I was a teenager. I imagined beautiful stories with me as the main character.

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      1. For me, I get depressed because of no stimulation nothing to do especially with no power. There’s barely anything that you can do that doesn’t require power, especially if you’re blind because you can’t just pick up a book and read it and to read audiobooks, I would need my phone or a device that plugs in

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      2. I get that but if there’s a power cut, and it’s dark, I can’t read either or watch tv or listen to music, or cook or tidy up. I’d probably do some yoga or just grin and bear it but I wouldn’t get depressed.

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  1. As someone who defines “depressed” rather conservatively, I tend to side with Sheree and say, no, I don’t get depressed from a power outage. I might get frustrated, bored, disappointed or sad, but depressed, no. Then again, I’ve never had power blackouts that last longer than a few hours, and by my definition a depressed mood is not something that comes and goes within such a short timeframe. You wouldn’t say you go manic during a power outage either, unless such a power outage lasted for more than a few days at a time (and then I’m using the DSM’s definition of hypomanic not manic). I don’t think power blackouts are fun by any means, but I just don’t feel a mood like “depressed” can shift within the timeframe of a usual power outage.


      1. I don’t say it can’t leave quickly. I’m saying it isn’t a short-lived emotion like sadness or disappointment. There’s a difference between moods and emotions.

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