After the holidays are over and the thrill of welcoming a new year has faded, it's not unusual for the blues to set in. If you find the season bringing you down, I hope this video will help you feel better.
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.
It is particularly important to identify depression without sadness (anhedonia) because recent research indicates that it may be anhedonia rather than sadness that correlates with poor physical health.
For those of you with winter-SAD, it is not simply a winter condition -- it is a light-deficiency condition. Any time the light levels fall too low -- even in midsummer -- you are at risk for symptoms.
Happiness, when it comes from an external object, is always coming and going. And yet despite the fact that happiness is consistently inconsistent, permanently impermanent, we judge ourselves as failures when we cannot maintain consistent happiness.
What exactly is it that makes Steve Jobs death so profoundly sad? It wasn't just that he was the Thomas Edison of our day, the creator of so many cool products. It wasn't just his innovative brilliance.
When it comes to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just being negatively affected by less light and shorter days, this is a great opportunity to get your ducks in a row to stave off a depressive slide.
The electrons displaying Newt "I'm The GOP Visionary, If You Can Believe It" Gingrich's Tweet announcing his comic-relief candidacy for prez were still warm, and already the self-parodying Supremo of Do As I Say, Not As I Do was complaining.
With the build up to Christmas over, all that remains are the days until the New Year makes its entrance. This time can be equally stressful, but It doesn't have to be that way, says Harvard Medical School's Dr. John R. Sharp.
All around the northern hemisphere, some people are noticing that the shortening of days is affecting their mood. When seasonal mood problems reach the level of a clinical depression, something needs to be done.