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Your Mental Health Matters

The Christmas and New Year's holidays are quickly approaching and with these holidays come time with family and friends, get-togethers, and parties. This can be a joyous time for a lot of people, but for some people the holidays bring about seasonal depression or worsen existing mental health illnesses. Many people suffer from different forms of depression, anxiety, or various mental illnesses. Sometimes these disorders can be due to situations or stress, loss of loved ones, traumatic events, or things like financial problems. Sometimes these mental illnesses are due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and are more chronic. One can even experience depression due to hormone imbalance, such as after childbirth, which is known as postpartum depression. Depression is defined as a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression: What it is, symptoms, causes, treatment, and more

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. One in 6 people will experience depression at some point in their life. It is among the most treatable of mental disorders. It may feel overwhelming, but remember, there are many ways to treat this, from psychotherapy to medication. Self care is vital as well. Take time to rest and nourish your body with healthy foods. Exercise can boost mood as well. Most importantly, remember to talk to your doctor if you feel you may be experiencing depression. Reach out to friends and family who you feel comfortable speaking to about your depression. There are hotlines and resources online to help as well. It's important to note that you are not alone, no matter how you may feel. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression

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