The holidays are over and all that's left until spring is about two more months of cold dreary weather. While some embrace the cold and see the new year as a positive beginning, there are others who suffer from winter depression, or what we refer to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- Depressed mood
- Loss of pleasure in activities
- Appetite changes
- Sleep disturbance (increased or decreased sleep - insomnia)
- Self-deprecating thoughts or feelings of worthlessness
- Excess fatigue
- Suicidal thoughts
- Do you feel sadder in the winter months?
- Do you eat more or gain weight in the winter?
- Do you eat less or lose weight in the winter?
- Do you sleep more in the winter?
- Do you have less energy or motivation in the winter?
- Are you less likely to socialize with friends in the winter?
- Do you feel better in summer weather?
- Does your depression abate in the spring and summer months?
Michele Brannan is a certified Physician Assistant of Internal Medicine and has been in practice in the River Bend area for over 10 years.
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The health information provided herein is not intended to replace the advice or discussion with a healthcare provider and is for educational purposes only. Before making any decisions regarding your health, speak with your healthcare provider.
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