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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blue, Blue Christmas

For millions of Americans, the holiday season can succumb to overwhelming feelings, including depression, loneliness, stress, and anxiety.  Mental health experts maintain that depression tends to climax during the holiday season, affecting an estimated 17.6 million Americans.  Financial constraints and worries can be one of the many contributing factors to the “holiday blues”.  The National Mental Health Association has offered several suggestions for ways to effectively cope with stress and depression during the holiday season such as enjoying activities that are free or don’t require purchasing anything.  Please continue reading here to learn more about ways to effectually manage stress during this holiday season.

What factors during the holiday season contribute to stress or depression?  How do you attempt to manage any stress you might experience during this time?