Don't let the 'Holiday Blues' bring you down

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  • By Capt. Jason Forquer
  • 82nd Medical Operations Squadron
We all know that the holidays are supposed to be the "happiest time of the year," but for some of us, we struggle to just get through it.

Holiday depression, or the "Holiday Blues," is as real as eggnog and mistletoe. It can be the result of holiday stress, the loss of a loved one, a recent deployment, financial issues, illness, dealing with family members, unrealistic expectations and hundreds of other reasons. The simple fact is depression knows no boundaries and anyone can be affected.

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone. It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population experience significant depression in their lifetime. By its very definition, people with depression tend to isolate themselves.

One of the best ways to reverse the cycle of depression is to get active. Go for a walk, see a movie or visit with friends. Force yourself to do the things you used to enjoy, even if you don't feel like it. While getting active may not cure the holiday blues, it is a step in the right direction.

Above all, don't be afraid to ask for help. You can talk to your doctor, a spiritual leader or a mental health professional. The worst thing to do is nothing. Take care of yourself and others this holiday season, and I hope you will have a happy holiday.

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