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How Seasons Change Your Mood

During the fall and winter, you might notice a change in your mood. You may experience lack of energy, trouble concentrating, and even feeling sad or anxious. Change of seasons can affect our mood in many ways, and some of us are more sensitive to changes in the weather than others.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that tends to occur, and recur, as the days grows shorter in the fall and winter.​ 

Visit​ UPMC HealthBeat to learn more about seasonal mood changes and watch a video about seasonal​ affective disorder​


Judy Takes Charge to Lose Weight

For Judy, weight was never much of an issue. But when several stressful factors in her personal and professional life occurred, Judy’s weight rose to 258 pounds. This caused high blood pressure and other health issues.

After a failed attempt at dieting and exercise, the weight continued to pile on. Judy had to take medication to manage her blood pressure, use a CPAP machine to treat her sleep apnea, and had severe joint pain. Finally, after learning she was pre-diabetic, Judy was scared she might not live to see her grandchildren get married if she didn’t lose weight.  

Determined to turn her life around, Judy researched weight loss and bariatric surgery. She found Anita P. Courcoulas, MD​, director of the Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. After discussing the various weight loss surgical options with Dr. Courcoulas, they decided that gastric sleeve surgery was the best choice.

Judy had surgery and dropped to 161 pounds. Her health issues subsided, and she even began traveling the world.

Learn more about Judy’s gastric sleeve surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital​​

sports medicine

UPMC Builds Better Athletes

If you're an athlete looking to treat, rehabilitate, or prevent sports-related injuries, UPMC S​ports Medicine can help. Our comprehensive sports medicine services provide world-class care and sport-specific training for all ages and skill levels.

We also have two full-service outpatient facilities​ in the Pittsburgh region that are on the cutting-edge of research, treatment, and training. 

Learn more about how UPMC is leading the way in sports medicine​


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