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I hate the winter, always have, always will. But for the past 6 years or so, I've been feeling really terrible every year between about October and April. It starts with changes in sleeping patterns/insomnia, then progresses to include exhaustion, low mood, tearfulness, anxiety (by the bucketload) and general self-loathing, coupled with a desire to eat everything sugary or sweet in sight. I also feel that nobody around me knows or cares what I'm going through, and that everything is hopeless.
This year, I thought I'd managed to get away without it, and had even started to do some regular exercise and eliminate the junk food from my diet, in an effort to maintain a healthy body and mind. However, in January, all the above feelings hit me almost overnight, and I experienced one of my worst episodes to date. Needless to say, I hit the sweets and cakes with avengance and felt so utterly exhausted that my exercise programme went out the window. My sleeping pattern is all over the place - I find myself exhausted at 7pm, and wide awake at 4am, but don't know how to change the cycle.
I feel I owe it to my partner and little girl to get this investigated, but don't really know where to start. Is the GP the first port of call, and is there a particular line of enquiry he/she would follow in order to ascertain if I even have the condition, and if I do, what the treatment plan might be?
Any help would be much appreciated.
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