Managing depression during the holiday season
(NC) It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of the three million Canadians living with depression, the holiday season can be a particularly challenging time. Too often, depression becomes the unwelcome house guest that just won't leave.
Although depression can occur at any time of the year, the holidays can be a major source of stress and anxiety. In fact, a 2008 survey of Canadians living with major depressive disorder found that 35 per cent report their symptoms worsen during the holiday season. It's important for Canadians living with depression to pay attention to signs and symptoms of an oncoming episode. Whether it's severe fatigue or lack of energy, aches and pains, anxiety or an inability to concentrate or enjoy day-to-day activities (including the holiday festivities), these could be possible first signs of a depressive episode.
“To help manage symptoms, it's crucial to partner with a healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan,” said Dr. Tom Janzen, family physician, Regional Mental Health Care London. “Treatment options may include 'talk therapy', also known as psychotherapy, lifestyle strategies such as exercise, as well as medication. When starting a new medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist to understand what it is, how it works and how long it may take to feel better, as well as potential side effects.”
Take it day-by-day and don't give up. It's not uncommon to try different antidepressants or combinations of treatments before discovering the most suitable treatment regimen. Understanding depression, its physical effects, as well as the emotional impacts can help you persevere.
The good news is that it is possible to recover from depression and reconnect with family, friends, work, life and yourself.
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