Holiday Blues Getting You Down?

November 8, 2004 – Posted at 4:08 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- The holiday season is here again. For many it's shopping for loved ones and spending time with your family, for others the meaning could be very different.

"People can get caught up in the moment. Shopping, making travel plans, mailing cards on time, folks are constantly pushing themselves to the limits," said Marc Wilson of St. Bernards Behavioral Health.

Some people just can't handle the holiday stress, especially when there are other factors involved. For example, if loved ones are no longer here to celebrate with.

"Families experiencing past holidays, having good times and also some bad times," said Wilson, "People have experienced a lot of memories during the holidays."

During the winter, many folks aren't as active as they are during summer. Less daylight and colder weather can leave many folks inside. So, it's no wonder depression runs at an all time high this time of year. Often, people don't even realize they've slipped into a depression, but there are some tell-tell signs.

"If you can't sleep at night, or have problems eating, or even have problems with interpersonal relationships with family," said Wilson, "There are many factors that can set off depression. But there is a silver lining; the illness is about 85% curable. By seeing a doctor or a therapist, the disease can be controlled."

Exercising and shopping early can also help keep the blues away during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but most of all take time out for yourself. If you feel like you are going through depression you're not alone. One in five people suffers from depression...especially during the holiday season.