Ways to Cope with Holiday Depression

PANAMA CITY -- For some the holiday season can be a difficult time. Experts say there are some signs that can indicate someone is dealing with holiday depression.

Many Americans are already well into their Christmas preparations.
Cooking...parties, and shopping....but not every one feels happy during the holidays.

Community Relations Specialist Tricia Pearce said, "For some people it can be a hard time and a depressing time."

Spending their first holiday without a loved one can often take a toll on some people. They may not always know where or how to get help.

Although many may believe the holidays are a happy time facility workers offer tips on how to cope with holiday depression.

Pearce and her co-workers at the Life Management Center in Panama City offer mental health services to locals.

Experts say if you notice a loved one withdrawing, being unusually quiet, suffering from anxiety, or insomnia...They may be under stress. Help is available.

"Counseling, if we find it a clinical depression which means it's lasting for weeks on end and it's not something that they can control themselves, you know, there are medications that can be given,” said Pearce.

Another way to beat that holiday depression…

"Be able to talk to somebody, have a friend. Give somebody a call,” said Mike McLaughlin in Admissions at Panama City Nursing Center said,

"Spending time with people acknowledging your feelings, if you are feeling sad for some reason, acknowledge that, it's ok to feel sad,” said Pearce.

If know someone who may be experiencing depression, contact Life Management Center at 850-522-4485 ext 1107.

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