Depression During the Holidays
The holiday season tends to affect people on multiple fronts. The images of loving family and good cheer can contrast starkly to our own experiences. In addition, people may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (seasonal depression) caused by the short days and the early darkness.
Tips on dealing with depression during the holidays:
• Exercise! This can have as much of an impact on mood as taking antidepressants.
• Get outdoors during the daylight, put full-spectrum bulbs in your light fixtures or get a light therapy box (Happy Lite , e.g.).
• Plan activities with people you enjoy.
• Keep your self-talk positive. What we say to ourselves “programs” our brains and colors how we see the world. If you’re looking at the world through mud-colored glasses, the world looks like a mud hole.
• Practice gratitude – this can shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s right. Both exist, but depressed people tend to focus on the negatives.
• See a doctor (preferably a psychiatrist) if antidepressants are warranted.
• See a therapist to process the feelings and develop coping strategies.
Referral to Other Health Professionals
• When it is in the best interest of the client, we collaborate with and refer to other health professionals, such as physicians or psychiatrists. Unlike therapists, physicians and psychiatrists can prescribe medication if appropriate.
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