Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!
Are you having a hard time resuming your normal daily activities? Has your energy been transplanted by the winter sluggishness? Does it seem no matter how hard you try you just can’t find your joy in the aftermath of the holidays? You are not alone. I’ve been there. So have tens of thousands of other Americans. There is hope for combating post-holiday depression or the blues.
The decorations and lights have come down, the sweet treats reduced to a few remaining crumbs, company has returned home, and the joy you felt spending time with loved ones over the holidays has been replaced with the blues. It may be a common experience, but you don’t have to take it as a foregone conclusion. When you begin to sense the arrival of the blues, determine to take matters into your own hands. 6 tips for coping with the post-holiday blues.
What do you do when you have the blues? As a Neuropsychologist and one who has experienced depression and came out on the other side, I’m sharing tips on how to manage and fight off the blues.
In this Ask Dr. B column, a reader is asking what to do because her husband suffers with bouts of depression. She asks if it is normal for him to be angry. When he’s depressed, his behaviors are hurtful. What do you do when a spouse is depressed?