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Recognizing Holiday Depression

2015-1208 Holiday Depression

Although the holidays are a time of celebration for many people, not everybody looks forward to the holidays. Many people think of the holidays as vacation time and look forward to spending time with family and friends, but others view the holidays as a time of loneliness, anxiety, frustration, confusion, stress, a period without structure, crowded parking lots, stores packed with people, and excessive pressure to make the right food, set up decorations, and smile when they are in the presence of people they really don’t care to see.

Tania Hussain, who wrote an article about holiday depression for Womanista, identifies the following traits as signs of depression.

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Excerpt from article by Tania Hussain | Womanista

Concentration
If you’re unusually inattentive, see a decline in productivity or feel you’re walking through a fog, you’re more than likely depressed. Stemming from a mood disorder, pronounced concentration issues can affect work and relationships as sufferers become forgetful and typically misplace common things.

Sleeping
Occasional restless nights aren’t a big deal but if it’s persistent, it can be a symptom of depression. Many who suffer tend to struggle falling asleep or staying asleep despite being exhausted. Conversely, there are those who also sleep too much, struggling to wake up each morning and cannot wait to sleep again during the day.

Irritability
Depression doesn’t always equate to overwhelming sadness. Sufferers exhibit anger, restlessness, and irritability because of feeling helpless and hopeless. Often signaling a more severe level of depression, if tolerance levels are low, temper is short, and you’re lashing out, think about what emotion might be driving that behavior in you and talk to a specialist.

Social Withdrawal
Regarded as the most common telltale sign, social withdrawal is when we feel a strong urge to pull away from others. Shying away from any social interactions and beloved activities, this behavior leads to a deeper isolation and is the exact opposite of what we need. Not only can it worsen how we feel, but it amplifies the brain’s stress response. Great risks can come from this symptom, so fight hard against it and seek help.

To read the complete article by Tania Hussain, click here.

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Thanks to Tania Hussain for writing the article; Womanista for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the pictures and text in this post.

2015-1208 Author Bio

 

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.