Holiday Blues or SAD?

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Holiday blues or SAD?

Many people feel a little sad around the holidays—loss of a family member, holiday stress, and the hustle and bustle can get you down. For some people the holiday season can be a very difficult time of year. It is a time of sadness and loneliness, a time of self-evaluation and reflecting about the past and a time of anxiety about the future year.

But how do you know if what you’re feeling more than just the blues? If you have sad, hopeless, or lonely feelings most of the day, nearly every day, for two or more weeks, you might be suffering from major depression. This is more than just the holiday blues. Talk with your doctor. Do activities or things and be with the people that comfort, sustain, nourish and recharge you.

If you notice low energy, increased appetite, craving carbohydrates, disturbed sleep, difficulty concentrating, and feeling down and depressed all of fall and winter. This can be a seasonal depression known as SAD (which stands for seasonal affective disorder). It can last for months. The good news is that over 80% of winter blues sufferers can get relief using light therapy within 2–4 days. Do something now, before it gets worse. Many insurance companies will cover SAD light therapy.

Please tell us how you deal with the winter and holiday blues.

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