Doctor Dennis Perry of Meridian Primary Care in Okemos is seeing an increase in cases of the stomach flu and Seasonal Affective Disorder or more commonly known as seasonal depression.
The stomach flu can be caused by a variety of viruses. Symptoms include: cramping, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Most cases aren't serious and clear up without much treatment in a few days.
But it's important to watchout for dehydration. Gradually increase the amount of fluids like Gatorade; but not too quickly or you could induce vomitting. Once your stomach has settled begin a bland diet of foods like bananas, applesauce, rice or toast. Avoid caffeine and foods high in fat and sugar.
Dr. Perry is also noticing more people getting depressed during this time of year. Symptoms include fatigue, social withdrawal, oversleeping and negative or even suicidal thoughts.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms you should talk to a family doctor right away. Don't just brush off your feelings. This is important if you notice that your sleep patterns and appetite have changed as a result. You may need medication to help manage your depression. .
As always, if symptoms do not subside, you should consult your doctor.