Overcoming Depression: Hope for the Holidays

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Decorations surround you, party invites hang on the fridge. Everyone’s festive at the holidays… except you. Learn what’s bringing you down – and how to keep spirits up. Plus, could you be depressed? Take our quiz to find out…

holidays‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? If you’re singing the blues this December, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of women say they’re depressed during the holidays, according to a survey by the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC).

“This time of year is stressful at the least, and for many, downright depressing,” says Harold Levinson, M.D., a New York-based psychiatrist and neurologist.

How do you beat the holiday blues? Recognize the triggers and boost your mood with these 5 tried-and-true tips:

Mood Buster #1: Alcohol

Problem: Your schedule’s jam-packed with holiday gatherings where wine, champagne and eggnog will be flowing like water. A cocktail or two may fill you with holiday cheer, but they’ll also have you belting out post-party pity tunes. Why?

“Alcohol is actually a central nervous system depressant,” says Catherine Birndorf, M.D., founding director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

And you’ll pay the next day with a hangover. “You’re not as functional as usual, which can make you feel even worse,” Birndorf says.

Feel-Good Fix: Pace yourself, experts say. If you have three < Read more >

Source: http://www.lifescript.com/

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