Health Watch - Party Time: Holiday Blues

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the festive season of holiday parties. But what if your calendar is empty? People who don’t have a lot of friends and family nearby may suffer from the holiday blues.

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says when people aren’t able to be with family and friends at this time of year, it can be a stark contrast to the images we see in the media of people going to parties and gathering with families, and that may make these people feel bad. The holiday blues are temporary, though, and they’re easy to prevent or to get over. One thing you can do is get involved in your community or volunteer to help the less fortunate. That will keep you busy and make you feel good. It also helps to exercise regularly, eat properly, get enough sleep and otherwise stick to a routine. Avoid drinking too much alcohol. If the holiday blues linger after the holiday season, talk to your doctor.

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December 2009

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