Signs and Symptoms
- Emotional sadness
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or restlessness
- Lack of energy or fatigue
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Irritability or anxiety
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Treatment for depression may include therapy, medicine or both. The medical therapy may include medicine for anxiety or sleep and/or antidepressants. These drugs may be used on a temporary basis or more permanent basis, depending on the patient and situation. Below are some other strategies to help you cope with the holiday season:
- Keep expectations manageable. Set realistic goals for activities, shopping, etc. Make lists and prioritize them.
- Learn to say “NO”. Accept only the invitations you really want to attend and let the others go.
- Try to leave “yesteryear” in the past and look forward to the future. Life brings changes. Each season can be enjoyed in a different way. Try not to compare now to “the good ol” days.
- Volunteer. Helping others makes you feel good about your self and provides self worth.
- Know your spending limits.
- Enjoy activities that are free such as driving around to look at holiday decorations, attending lighting ceremonies, caroling parties, etc.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- If being around family or relatives is stressful for you, set limits on time spent with them.
- Keep a regular meal, sleep and exercise schedule.
- Get plenty of sunshine when possible. A lack of sunlight can cause you to feel “blue.”