Dealing with holiday depression

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Christmas is right around the corner, and while it is the season to be jolly, some of us may be having a harder time trying to do so.

With the holidays upon us, we will probably be spending more time with friends and family. Some of us may even get a little stressed about all of the shopping involved. But did you think about those that are suffering from holiday depression?

Matt Conn is the Executive Director of Phoenix Mental Health in Ironton. He says the holiday season is already a stressful time for people and that can heighten their battles with depression.

Conn says people may have lost loved ones and the holidays can bring reminders, making them feel lonely. Other reasons for holiday depression might even include the change of season, or the fact that it’s a financially stressful period.

No matter the reason, Conn says it’s important for loved ones to recognize the signs and for those suffering from depression to avoid isolation and get the help the need.

“Recognition is the number one thing. It’s okay to understand you’re going through some depression at this time. It’s stressful. If you can get out and be among people, friends, family,” said Conn. “You don’t want to isolate. [Isolation] leads to other problems such as major depression, and of course people will try to drink, use drugs, and they think they’re coping at that time when really they’re making the situation worse.”

Just remember there’s always somebody willing to talk to you, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you are struggling with depression and are thinking about harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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