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Chasing away the post-holiday blues

January 9, 2012

With the holiday season now behind us for another year, it is not unusual for people to feel a bit "down" as they transition back into their normal winter routines. While these feelings are sometimes mistaken for depression, this is not always the case.
"Feeling 'down' after the holidays isn't necessarily a sign that you're suffering from major depression," said Dr. Luisito Dingcong, a psychiatrist who works in Elk Regional Health Center's Generations Unit. "Some people feel 'down' because of unmet expectations or guilt about overindulgence. For some, these feelings set in right after Christmas. For others, the feelings may not appear until after the New Year holiday. Almost everyone suffers some form of the post-holiday blues, and it's perfectly normal to experience this period of low feelings. However, it is important to note that the post-holiday blues typically only last for a short period of time. If these feelings persist, they may be a sign of more serious depression that may require treatment."

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