Wellness Matters

It's the Holiday Season and I'm Feeling Blue

December 17, 2014

Barbara 'B' Akins, RN
By: Barbara 'B' Akins, RN
Staff Educator

During the holiday season, cases of depression can increase or intensify for many reasons - not being close to family, grieving for a loved one or financial stress. And it's most common in the elderly.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid letting what may be a case of the blues develop into
something more serious, such as depression:
  • Get more involved in community groups, such as church or non-profit organizations.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and any use of other potentially mood altering substances.
  • Increase involvement in support groups during the holidays.
Whether it is the holiday season or other times of the year, depression is a serious condition and the longer treatment is delayed, the harder the recovery. Therefore, it's important to know the signs and symptoms.

If you or a loved one has experienced a combination of noticeable changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy level, concentration, levels of guilt, and feelings of laziness for more than two weeks, seek help immediately.


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