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Question: My wife is only 30 years old but is a mother of 2 young children and she seems to always be tired and out of it. I don't know if it's our diet, restlessness, or just aggravation from taking care of the two young children. All I know is that she needs something to get her going, because she really has these brown outs weekly (I say brown outs because she's not all the way out). She forgets things, gets confused with conversations, and just moves like she's an old lady! We typically eat only chicken and turkey, vegetables everyday, and drink a lot of water. I don't know if it's the diet or just losing sleep due to the younger child, but the child sleeps through the night and she seems to get sleep but in the manner where she doesn't want to get up anytime before 9AM or stay up past 9PM without major attitude and the zombie walk. Please help me understand or just if you have any tips on what to do as far as diet and exercise (She does zero of that).

Answer: It sounds, to me, like depression. It is not easy to take care of 2 small children. They can wear you out. But this sounds like more than simple fatigue and lack of exercise. Escort your wife to her internist, gynecologist or family doctor now. Let the doctor know about your concerns. Depression is common and can be treated with therapy and/or medication. --Dr. Hilda

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