It’s that time of the year when we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the year end. It is also a good time to regroup and focus on life. We speak of our achievements and we remember our failures. We call it a learning experience. This year more than ever, we have been through a lot. It started with pandemic and it evolved into much more. This is the time when I speak of Holiday Gloom and Doom.
Believe it or not, in spite of many happy faces that we see on social media, over 60% of American are suffering from sadness and depression. Many of us feel lonely and misunderstood. And some of of us are struggling to get up from bed every day and go to work.
Divorce, separation, loss of job or change in career field are the common evens that trigger depression. I cannot emphasize strong enough to my clients how important is to address those triggers and work though the feelings with the professional help. “I don’t have the time now” is one of the common excuses to avoid working on our mental health. Do not underestimate a need for therapy and counseling.
Sadness is not depression. Here are some most common types of depression:
A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
A mild but long-term form of depression.
Dysthymia is defined as a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder occurs in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.
A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
Depression that occurs after childbirth.
Are you going to the gym and taking care of your appearance? I commend you for doing that. However, that’s not enough. To live a happy life, we owe to ourselves taking good care of our mental health. Too much or too much sun? Now it’s time!