Hi Dr. Cohen,
I am a 41 year old wife and mother. Since Halloween I have had little energy, have been feeling sad,
have been sleeping more than normal, have appetite increase and weight gain, and have been feeling antisocial. What is wrong with me?
Your symptoms resemble Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a depression that develops during the fall and winter months where people are exposed to less sunlight. SAD often saps your energy and makes you feel moody.
I would have to evaluate you in person to determine the exact diagnosis and to determine proper treatment. If you do have Seasonal Affective Disorder, you may need psychotherapy, medication, and/or photo therapy. Since you have low energy you may need an energizing anti depressant drug, such as Prozac or Wellbutrin, but as I said, I would have to evaluate you to determine the proper treatment. So please call for an appointment.
In the meantime, it may help you to take
daily walks, at least 30 minutes, twice per day, in the bright sunlight.
I hope this information has been useful.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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