Christmas can be filled with joy and laughter, but it can also be a difficult time for others suffering from depression.
According to Albemarle Regional Mental Health Center's Dr. Octavio Martinez, stress, fatigue and unrealistic expectations can lead to depression over the holiday season.
Symptoms include: withdrawal or isolation, irritability, sleep disturbances, losing interest in activities, loss of energy and feeling more tired than usual.
Dr. Martinez says keeping your expectations realistic can help. He also says if you are seeing a doctor and are on medication, you should keep your appointments and continue following the treatment plan prescribed. Dr. Martinez also says avoiding alcohol and maintaining good exercise habits can help.
The best advice though, for those who think they are suffering from depression? See a doctor.
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