As the weather starts to change, we consider the changes that we may face during this time of year. One of the illnesses that can occur during the change of seasons starting in the fall includes seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that comes and goes depending on the time of year. Fall-onset SAD starts in the fall and goes away in the spring and summer. It is the most common form of SAD.
The symptoms of SAD are the same as with typical (non-seasonal) depression. People with depression feel down most of the time for at least 2 weeks in addition to one of the following: no longer caring about or enjoying things that they used to like to do OR they feel sad, down, hopeless, or cranky most of the day, almost every day.
Depression can also lead to: weight loss/gain, sleeping too much/too little, feeling tired and without energy, feeling guilty or worthless, forgetfulness or confusion, moving and speaking slower, restlessness, or thoughts about suicide or death.
If you happen to be experiencing thoughts of suicide or death, there is a new phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988. You can either call or text 988 to contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones across the United States. You can also visit 988lifeline.org for more information.
If you notice any of the above symptoms in yourself or your family member, please don’t hesitate to call our office. There are many options to help treat seasonal affective disorder in addition to non-seasonal depression. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Stay safe and have a happy and healthy fall!
We are following the coronavirus situation closely.
We encourage you to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, avoid putting your hands to your face, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and avoid crowds if you are feeling unwell. Continue to wear a mask and we recommend COVID vaccines as soon as one is available to you. You maybe be able to choose which vaccine you receive. Get the first one that is available.
If you develop a fever >100.4, have a cough and shortness of breath please call our office and speak with a nurse. please do not walk in the office without an appointment if · you have these symptoms.
Family Medicine of Albemarle would like to thank our patients for voting us a 2019 Gold Award Winner in the Category of Family Medicine. We definitely don’t expect to receive awards for delivering great care, but it’s still nice to be recognized. We’ll try not to let it go to our heads 🙂
There is a lot of data from the world health organization describing how the U.S. citizen pays far more for healthcare than any other developed nation, receives less benefit for their money, and can expect worse long term outcomes on average (see report for more info) But there are a few clinicians in the U.S. healthcare system that buck this trend. This article describes clinicians that sound a lot like the family medicine providers at FMOA, and explains how FMOA providers save you time and money.
Being a family medicine provider is a blessing but I often feel like I’m spinning plates. A few months back I saw this article describing a typical day in a family medicine provider’s life, and why she keeps her patient’s waiting. I could definitely relate to this provider’s experience. Our responsibilities keep us busy but if our patients are patient with us, the blessing of caring for families is worth the plate spinning.