DEAR DOCTOR K: My wife gets down in the dumps every winter. It begins in the fall and hits its peak sometime in January or February. She thinks it's just because the cheer of the holidays has passed, but I think it's more than that. Could it be seasonal depression?
DEAR READER: It's not impossible that your wife has a case of the "winter blahs," as she insists. The holiday season can be exhausting. Plus, you eat too much, and if you're like me, the rich food and the added pounds make you feel tired. But I agree with you that your wife also could be suffering from what is called seasonal affective disorder.