Depression Treatment is available at Take Charge, Inc. year-round, but the holidays can be especially hard for some individuals, for a myriad of reasons. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the holidays may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.
Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may have a small social circle or a lack of opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse. Depression Treatment can help with the feelings of loneliness.
Terri can help you deal with the external obstacles, social attitudes or your own internal barriers that stand in your way. Depression Treatment will help you uncover a more fulfilling, happier life based on revelations and decisions made by you.
Some people may be keenly aware of the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Here are several ways to stave off the holiday blues that may descend at this time:
· Begin a new tradition – try planning a family outing or vacation, instead of spending the holidays at home.
· Don’t give in to holiday pressures – feel free to leave an event if you aren’t comfortable. Be willing to tell others, “I’m not up for this right now.”
· Volunteer – Helping others can also be very helpful for you, too. For example, you might try:
1. working at a soup kitchen
2. organizing a gift drive
3. helping your neighbor with a yard or house task
4. Get back to nature
5. Going for a walk in the park or the woods helps many people relax and feel better when they are feeling overwhelmed.
“For many people, holidays are stressful because of the expectation of buying presents,” said Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of neuroscience and director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “These are tough financial times, and it is difficult for many people to meet those expectations.”
Chronic stress, in particular, increases risk for major depression, but even acute or short-term stress can be problematic, especially in someone who has a personal history of depression. The stress of holidays is no different, says Nestler. “I would view holiday stress like any other type of psychological or emotional stress,” he says. “Holidays are stressful for people for whom seeing their families for long hours is difficult due to complicated relationships. Others want to be with their families and friends but cannot, perhaps due to military service, work assignments, etc.”
Start Depression Treatment with Terri now to stave off the holiday stress and anxiety. While no issue is too big or small, many people tell us that they wish they had come to counseling sooner. For more information, call Take Charge, Inc. at (913) 239-8255.