Joining us this morning with ways to help beat the blues is Dr. Robert Shulman, Director of Clinical Services of Psychiatry for Rush University Medical Center.
Time to hibernate
Natural biological rhythm
May be part of Seasonal Affective Disorder
More extreme loss of energy and motivation
Loss of enjoyment/pleasure
May be depressed, but also may not be overtly so
As regards the cold: it makes everything harder!
Bright light exposure - to the sun or use of specific lights
Diet - combating carbohydrate craving
Avoid excessive alcohol use
May consider Vitamin D3 supplementation (levels my drop in winter)
If a genuine Seasonal Affective Disorder impairing daily life, speak with a health care provider regarding more aggressive treatment options. If severe, medications and other treatments can help.