In the late summer, I go into a flare that lasts until May....i live in a northern climate and the cool weather/severe winters put me to bed for months.... Right away, I feel a lack of energy and motivation. Is this part of the flare? The absolute listlessness and fatigue? I don't feel severely depressed. I do get bummed out when I feel lousy again, each fall but I don't feel like I am entering the "Black Hole of Depression" that I have experienced before. Is this something that I can treat with a light box? Do other people feel this lack of energy while flaring? it really upsets me that I have to talk myself into bathing or tossing in a load of laundry....i just want to curl up and protect my body from stirring up the bone pain.... What do ya'll do to treat this? Do you just ride it out? Should I try to up my seratonin levels? All i want to do is to stay in my bed....but, i keep busy while in bed. I read, mess around on the computer, write letters, cross stitch, fold laundry, help my sons with homework, play games with them and read to them......just avoid getting up! Fibro or depression?