Time change got you down?

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD • Posted on November 07, 2011

Time change got you down?

If your mood and energy level plummet with the loss of daylight, you need to see your health care provider. You might be low in vitamin D. Or maybe you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a common condition that is easily treated. Medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRRI) and/or light therapy (10,000 lux of light for 30 minutes in the morning from September through April in the Northern Hemisphere) will boost serotonin levels in the brain. Other mood boosters include exercise, omega 3 oils, B complex vitamins, adequate sleep, and time for oneself!

If you are feeling down and fatigued, this fall, it could be SAD ... or it could be another problem, such as anemia, thyroid disorder, hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency, medication side effects or undiagnosed sleep disorder. You owe it to yourself and your family to make sure you feel energized. If you just have a mild case of the blues from missing the long summer days, be sure to pamper yourself, curl up in front of a warm fireplace, light a scented candle, and/or put up some bright holiday lights to lift your spirits. If that doesn't work, it is time to see your physician. There is no reason to suffer! Embrace every season in your life, literally and figuratively!

-- Dr. Holly L. Thacker

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