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The Winter Blues

As the weather turns colder, I can't help but feel sad. This happens every year, and I don't know what to do. -- Nikki in Naperville

Dear Nikki,

If you find yourself severely incapacitated in daily activities, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) -- also known as "winter depression."

There is nothing to be ashamed of if this is the case.  It's a matter of your brain's chemicals getting out of whack.

Pay a visit to your primary care physician or seek a referral to a psychologist -- a professional with whom you can discuss your experiences and plan a strategy to better manage them.

-- M

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