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Holiday Depression

Combatting Late-Life Depression, System-Wide and One Loved One at a Time

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Recognizing that isolation, depression, and anxiety -- if unaddressed -- create a downward spiral of health that exacts a financial and human toll, we must continue to create services for the homebound elderly that address their mental as well as physical needs.

Single During the Holidays: It's Complicated

Sara Eckel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Women
Sara Eckel

I realized that having a spouse or a child is not the thing that makes a person a grown-up; putting other people's needs ahead of your own is. And that impulse has nothing to do with your relationship status or whether or not you're the official host of the event.

Avoiding the After-Christmas Crash

Stephen Cox | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Stephen Cox

Above all, save some time just to be alone. Actually by yourself. Actually doing nothing but the most important thing, reflecting on your life. Late at night, open the door, go out in the cold, look up--and be surprised at what you find coming to you upon the midnight clear.

Wise Women: On Depression

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

With Thanksgiving just behind us, we are fully immersed in the holiday season. Messages of gratitude, togetherness and family are in abundance. While they outwardly communicate positive themes, they can be overwhelming for some as much as it is joyous for others.

Restoring Faith to the Approaching Holidays

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

How do we cope with what some call "the holiday blues"? Perhaps one key to keeping the holidays in balance and in proper perspective is to appeal to our faith, which obviously is where the holidays were meant to be focused in the first place.

Finding Your Way to a Merry Christmas

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

You've worked so hard to make a happy holiday season for the people you love -- the rest of us have no idea what it's taken you to get to this point. ...

5 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues

Lee Gaitan | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lee Gaitan

If all the holiday displays of red and green have left you feeling bluer than blue, take heart because you are not alone. While no formal studies have been conducted on the incidence of the "holiday blues," a mental health expert I recently talked to was quick to say it is not an unusual occurrence.

Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living

It's the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone. While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, ...

Where Is My Home for the Holidays?

Risa Garon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Children and teens retain pictures of holidays past before the family transition--their home is symbolic of loving times, security, safety and what they have known. Everything is different now and unlike the sugar cookie recipe from generations past, there are no known ingredients for handling the holidays, especially when it is a "first" for a family in transition.

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of magical. Yet for many people, the winter months don't always live up to their heartwarming reputation.

Alone For the Holidays

Sara Eckel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
Sara Eckel

The world is in a tough place right now, and many people are suffering. You may be suffering too, and while what you are dealing with is difficult, I think there's also an opportunity there.

One Phone Call Changed My Holiday Depression

Joseph Hill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Divorce
Joseph Hill

I want to tell you all a story, and I'm going to tell you that at first is a bummer, but that is not my intention. Stick with me on this, and I think that it will encourage you. It's just that my history is not that bright around the holiday season, but that is changing for the better.

6 Steps To Survive The Holiday Season After Loss

Donna Mebane | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Donna Mebane

The first year, I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner or shop for Christmas presents. I had other children, sure. But I didn't have Emma, and that defined me

Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

Patrice Bendig | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

It was the first holiday in over a decade that I did not go to bed filled with a sense of longing for a "real" holiday. Making my own agenda and celebrating with likeminded people made the day much more gratifying.

How To Make The Holidays Sacred Without Focusing On What's Missing

Laura Munson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

The holiday season can be for many people... let's just say: fraught. Maybe your life hasn't gone the way you imagined. Maybe you'd planned to spend Christmas Eve with a spouse, fireside, toasting to the future over your grandmother's secret egg nog recipe.

5 Ways to Survive Cuffing Season

Magda Pecsenye | Posted 11.05.2013 | Divorce
Magda Pecsenye

Instead of just ignoring cuffing season and suffering through, or, even worse, responding to one of those "Hey girl" texts from your college boyfriend or the guy you saw at your high school reunion who you know it didn't work out with before, here are some ways to survive cuffing season with your heart and your morale intact.

Are The Holidays Bringing You Down? 5 Tips To Counter Seasonal Hurdles

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

No matter what is causing our "winter blues," it is important to stay on our own side and have faith that these moods can and will pass. To fight these battles, we must believe in our own resilience, in our ability to tolerate pain and to overcome the inevitable hurdles life brings.

8 Tips For Staying Healthy And Happy During The Holidays

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's -- these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are eight tips for staying healthy and happy during this season of joy.

On Coping With Loss At The Holidays

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Here are a few holiday scenarios people commonly find themselves grappling with when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one at the holidays, and some ways to address them.

10 Ways To Stop Stressing About Your Body This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.11.2012 | Teen

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons, from choosing gifts for everyone on your list to looming college application deadlines to spending tim...

Start Early: Bolster Yourself For Holiday Stress

John Tsilimparis | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

There are many reasons why we suffer from holiday stress, but one of the reasons is we unknowingly put undue pressure on ourselves with unrealistic expectations that generally revolve around family, friends, time management and spending.

The Holiday Counselor's Corner

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

New Year's resolutions rarely work. The adrenaline rush from the moment of the commitment is short-lived. So how can one make a comfortable, doable resolution? Reach for goals and objectives in a committed, honest manner through preparation and not expectation.

Trap-Door Days

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We all have our trap doors of grief, we all have days or months or years when life's winds seem too much to fight. This is simply true; nothing can be done to change it.

Your Misery Has Company

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's not at all unusual for people to feel more anxious, exhausted, frustrated or depressed at this time of year than they typically do. And what's more, we feel like we are alone in our unhappiness. This common misperception only adds to our pain.

The Post-Divorce Problem No One Talks About

Juliet Jeske | Posted 02.17.2012 | Divorce
Juliet Jeske

When you are married and you come home for the holidays, no one would dream of putting you at the kids table. When you get divorced however, everything changes.