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Health Professionals Offer Advice for Holiday Blues - Dr. Marilyn Montgomery

For many of us the holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, but mental health professionals said many others don’t share that excitement.

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Mental health professionals said they see an influx of people during the holiday season because it is a time when many people experience sadness, depression and anxiety.

Dr. Marilyn Montgomery
Dr. Marilyn Montgomery

Mental health counselors at Northwest Christian University said this time of year can cause negative feelings for a number of reasons.

They said it could be caused by too much screen time.

Counselors said seeing commercials with happy people, decorating for the holidays and partying can make one feel lonely.

They said social media can also play a part and it’s important to take a break and step back. Counselors said to be realistic and try not to compare yourself to others.

Professionals also add that the busy schedules this time of year can put a damper on the season.

They said to take a deep breath and always come up with a manageable plan.

Mental health professionals also add that giving to others during the season can help counteract the sadness.

If these feelings do linger, counselor recommend seeking professional help.

Source: Health Professionals Offer Advice for Holiday Blues as broadcast and posted by KEZI News.

Broadcast Nov. 29, 2016 By Bailey Miller