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Winter Wellbeing

It’s hard to overstate the degree (minus 11 F tomorrow here in Chicago) to which the Midwest has settled into the dead of winter. With the rush of the holidays behind us, two dark, cold months lie ahead. Snowstorms, sub-zero temps, and icy pavement prompt many of us to stay indoors when we’d rather be […]

Preparing for Less Daylight and Seasonal Depression (SAD)

My staff and I brace ourselves for the autumn day when clocks are set back an hour and the already dwindling sun-filled days diminish to darkness at 5 p.m. Add the overcast skies of winter and the “I’m NOT going outside” bitter cold, and we all may wonder why we’re not living in Santa Barbara. […]

Avoiding Antidepressants: A Clinical Study

Swallowing prescription drugs is our new reality. You, as patients, confront endless magazine, web, and TV ads from Big Pharma. I see these same ads tweaked gently to encourage me, the prescriber. But beyond what we all see, I get a lot more. My mailbox is crammed with Big Pharma junk. My office waiting room […]

Winter Without Depression: A Workshop

As the clocks roll back and the first snow falls, you pull out winter gear right along with your annual dread of the bone chilling, windy darkness of a typical Chicago winter. Walking and other outdoor activities are challenging if not impossible. Driving, parking, and waiting for public transportation are a real annoyance, and many […]

A SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Time of Year

Although H1N1 along with our annual “regular flu” are rightfully grabbing the headlines these days, now that it’s October we need to brace ourselves for the annual epidemic of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

What is the Triple Whammy?

The Triple Whammy is a health problem that affects tens of millions of women and is caused by three separate but tightly connected factors that work together. It’s a health problem that’s not a disease but that does underlie women’s most common medical conditions. Doctors certainly agree that any of the three components of the Triple Whammy taken separately can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms. But they’ll also tell you things like, “You have to learn to live with it” or “There’s not a lot that can be done.”

Wintertime Blues: 10 Steps to Turn Them Around

The wintertime blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), usually begin when the days get shorter and the sky clouds over into perpetual gray. Many people with SAD dread late autumn because the clocks move back an hour and, in a single day, autumn twilight becomes dark night.