Health Watch - Enjoying the Holidays: Battling the Blues

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about enjoying the holiday season in health and safety. While many of us worry about eating or drinking too much while enjoying holiday parties, many others may feel lonely and isolated during the holiday season.

Popular images in movies and commercials depict the holidays as a time of good cheer full of family and friends. The contrast with reality can bring about the holiday blues. Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the holiday blues are different from clinical depression because the blues tend to go away after the holiday season, and they’re easy to prevent or shake off.

One way to prevent the blues is to focus on others. Getting involved in the community or with charitable activities may bring about the holiday warmth you expect. It also helps to eat properly, get plenty of sleep and exercise and avoid overusing alcohol. If the blues don’t go away after the holiday season, talk to your doctor.

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December 2010


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