Depression increases during holiday season
December 18, 2018 06:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The holidays bring a lot of joy to a lot of people, but they can also bring on the blues.
Dr. Shawn Sidhu said the holidays can be psychologically and physically demanding.
"People are not sleeping as much, they're not eating well, staying up at night wrapping gifts, they're stressed about money," Dr. Sidhu said.
According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40-percent of people say their stress goes up during the holidays.
"It's important to note that we don't get enough outdoor time during the winter months and that can cause a vitamin D deficiency which has been linked with depression," Dr. Sindhu said.
Dr. Sindhu recommends that people make an extra effort to reach out to loved ones who appear to be withdrawing from social gatherings.
"They may give you resistance, but the studies suggest when people engage in activities their depression gets better," he said.
Dr. Sindhu suggests eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep to prevent holiday blues. However, he notes that people should seek professional help if the depression persists.
Updated: December 18, 2018 06:36 PM
Created: December 18, 2018 02:27 PM
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