Holiday depression can be managed, experts say.

December 27, 2007
Holiday depression can be managed, experts say
J.M. BROWN
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was seeing that holiday film featuring the “perfect family.”
Maybe it was an argument with your brother over that old grudge. Or maybe it was the fact that you don’t have anybody to gather with this season.
The holidays are a land mine of triggers for depression and stress as family, financial and social pressures mount during the last two weeks of the year. While local mental health experts note a measurable rise in depression over the holiday season — especially among people who live alone or have no family — the number of suicides or attempts do not seem to increase proportionately, they said.
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