People with Seasonal Affective Disorder may feel depressed in the winter and should seek professional help. But not everyone who feels depressed during the holidays suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Women who struggle with mild depression can take steps to cope with the holiday blues.
Drs. Diane Fischer and Barry Tanner of the DMC’s Life Stress Center offer the following tips for coping with depression and enjoying the holiday season.
If you are depressed, see your doctor. Depression is treatable and you do not have to suffer. “Many women do not realize that they are depressed,” Dr. Tanner said. “It may be up to their friends and family to recognize the signs and encourage them to seek assistance.”
If you suspect that someone you know is depressed, here are some things you can do to help:
To schedule an appointment with Drs. Fischer or Tanner, or another depression expert at DMC Women’s Health Services, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
Diane Fischer, Ph.D
Barry Tanner, Ph.D.