Diurnal Variation of Mood

By Renée Grinnell

A pattern of feeling worse during a particular part of the day. Depressed patients often exhibit this symptom, and typically report feeling more depressed in the morning.

Example: The patient is profoundly agitated in the morning and relatively calm in the evening every day for several weeks.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Oct 2008