Cooking, family obligations, parties, entertaining, cleaning, money issues…the holiday season can be extremely overwhelming – and can lead to stress, as well as other types of mental and emotional difficulty.
How can you tell if a loved one is suffering?
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Here are some of the top symptoms of the holiday blues:
- Excessive drinking
- Unrealistic expectations
- Financial stress
- Inability to be/communicate with family and friends
Next Steps: What To Do Next…
If a loved one, including yourself, are showing any of the above signs, there are certain steps you can take to make sure they start feeling better:
Step 1: Talk to your loved one. Communicate your concerns. Let them know what you’ve noticed and why you’re concerned. Explain that depression is a medical condition, not a personal flaw or weakness — and that it usually gets better with treatment.
Step 2: Suggest that the person see a professional. Ideal people to talk to include a medical doctor or a mental health provider, such as a licensed counselor or psychologist. Offer to help prepare a list of questions for the person to discuss in an initial appointment with a doctor or mental health provider.