From Medicineworld.org: people with holiday blues see red
people with holiday blues see red
The solution to the holiday blues seems obvious to people who love this time of year. "Just cheer up," they say. "Just get into the holiday spirit.".
"Being with people who are feeling down and listening to them is really the most helpful thing, period," Allen said. "Depression tends to create isolation, so spend some holiday time together.".
If your friend or loved one's holiday blues don't go away after the holidays, it may be a sign of something more serious that requires professional help.
"There is a difference between having depressed feelings, which are temporary, and being ill with depression," Allen said. "The diagnosis of depression is based on at least two weeks of persistent symptoms of depression, which include depressed mood, problems eating and sleeping and diminished interest or pleasure in activities and friends."
Other symptoms of depression include significant decrease or increase in weight or appetite, insomnia or sleeping too much, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating and recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal thinking or behavior.
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The solution to the holiday blues seems obvious to people who love this time of year. "Just cheer up," they say. "Just get into the holiday spirit.".If only shaking the holiday blues was "just" that easy, said Dr. Jon Allen, senior psychologist at The Menninger Clinic and professor of psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He refers to the word "just" as the "j-word.".
Medicineworld.org: people with holiday blues see red
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