Dear Nikki,

If you find yourself severely incapacitated in daily activities, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — also known as "winter depression."

There is nothing to be ashamed of if this is the case.  It's a matter of your brain's chemicals getting out of whack.

Pay a visit to your primary care physician or seek a referral to a psychologist — a professional with whom you can discuss your experiences and plan a strategy to better manage them.

— M