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Why does light make such a big difference?

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I feel almost normal during the day, especially when it's sunny... I have many hours where I don't notice my dpdr...

But the thing is... literally as the sun sets or the moment it starts getting dark... it's like someone flipped a switch & the DR kicks in like crazy even though I felt almost normal the whole day.

Also it makes a big difference if the sun is out or if it's a bit darker outside than usual due to weather?

Does anybody understand the mechanism behind that?

As far as I know DP is associated with high levels of serotonin... maybe this has something to do with it as it's very much connected to the circadian cycles.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Maybe you also have S A D...It can be co morbid with DP (It certainly is in my case) Winter months in the British Isles are crap for me...Thats when I experience my worse moods, anxiety and hence DP...

On bright summer days my DP practically vanishes...
I read that page about 10 times too.

Dopamine is a HUGE HUGE factor that's on my mind 24/7.

But it's not really what's the bigger factor but the interplay between neurotransmitters/neuropeptides/hormones etc.

High serotonin will cause low dopamine & vice versa.
"High serotonin will cause low dopamine & vice versa" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sensitivity to light is absolutely part of DP...All senses are heightened during the fight or flight mode and as a result our vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell are all extra sensitive....It is classic alert to danger and protect mode....

This is exactly what happens to somebody when they go into a state of shock as a result of a car accident or someones death etc...All your senses become extra sensitive and heightened to protect you from danger....

Now im sure there are lots of other reasons for sensitivity to light but saying it has nothing to do with DP at all is simply not true...
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