Morning Checkup: How to Spot and Beat Holiday Depression

Morning Checkup: How to Spot and Beat Holiday Depression

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The holidays are a time of joy and celebration for many, but there's also added stress.

Dr. Jason Lulejian with SUNY Upstate Psychiatry and Samaritan Behavioral Health said it can be a mix between the holidays and the season change that bring adjustments to our schedule.

"It's a natural thing to stress yourself out a little bit during the family seasons, but the problem is is when it starts to take on a life of its own it can become pretty debilitating," said Dr. Lulejian. 

He added one of the first signs of depression is sleeping changes. 

"They become fatigued and tired, sleep much more, but don't get restful sleep anymore," said Dr. Lulejian. 

One of the best ways to beat the holiday depression is what Dr. Lulejian said is behavioral activation, which is making sure you do things you enjoy and keeping on to a schedule.

"Part of encouraging your emotions, because you can't entirely control them is to do actions that help support a good mood and your activity level," he said If you languish, it tends to make things worse."

Dr. Lulejian said the best way to approach someone who looks to be dealing with holiday depression is to just say you notice something different about them and you're concerned.

Samaritan Behavioral Health has walk-ins every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. where you can get started on treatment. 

"Sometimes people only need a very short course of therapy. Some need much more enhanced treatment.," Dr. Lulejian said. 

Walk-ins are at Outpatient Behavioral Health at 1575 Washington Street. The phone number is 315-779-5060. 

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