by Fabienne Turenne
As we are in the midst of the holiday season, there are many festivities occurring. We see Christmas decorations, tree lightings, holiday sale commercials, and Christmas music playing on the radio in almost every store we enter. These are all meant to promote the common themes of the holidays such as joy, cheer, happiness and giving. While for most people the holiday season is a time of joy and happiness, many suffer from holiday depression, stress, anxiety, and overeating.
About 10% percent of the population suffers from holiday depression due to many different factors. The holidays tend to remind us of a happier time in our lives such as memories of past holidays with a loved one who is no longer with us. It may also depress us to see others sharing the season with their loved ones while we feel alone and isolated.
Stress is also increased during the holiday season. We often reunite with family members we haven’t seen in a while which can cause old arguments to reignite. As holiday sales start and everyone starts to go shopping for presents, shopping lines increase tremendously and parking spaces become impossible to find. More money is spent during this season which can also be stressful for many. Those who suffer from holiday depression and stress may use overeating as a way of coping due to the abundance of food available at family gatherings.
Holiday depression, anxiety, stress, and overeating may be due to any one of the factors listed above however, it could also be a combination of these things as well as an ongoing depression or anxiety. A mental disorder such as depression or anxiety can be worsened by holiday stresses. If you find yourself becoming depressed during this season or if you are someone who already suffers from a mental disorder that is becoming worse due to the holiday season, contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our therapists. Arista Counseling & Psychological Services (212) 722–1920 or (201) 368-3700.
By: Tiffany Moore
What is postpartum depression? Many mothers will feel anxious, restless, irritated and sad for the first few weeks after giving birth. However, when those symptoms do not go away it becomes postpartum depression, “Postpartum depression will usually occur within four to twelve weeks after giving birth, although it can take up to a year to develop.” This disorder can go untreated because of how fast or slow it can develop. Some women do not even realize that they are depressed still because they assume it is just their hormones.
Recent studies have shown that women, who have had previous disorders, are more likely to develop postpartum depression, “Two-thirds of women with postpartum depression had a comorbid psychiatric disorder. In more than 80% of these cases, the women also had an anxiety disorder.” Some women may develop postpartum depression if they have a disorder before having a child, will increase their likely hood of developing postpartum depression. Women who do have postpartum depression will have all the symptoms of depression, which include fatigue, isolation and even thoughts of suicide. Some have even attempted to commit suicide.
If you feel that you are experiencing any symptoms of depression after having your child, tell your doctor. Also, if you do have any disorder ranging from anxiety to bipolar disorder, tell your doctor. Therapy and the right medication can help with postpartum depression once it has been diagnosed.
Joannides, P. (2013, March 22). Postpartum Depression Is Common and Often Untreated. Retrieved December 3, 2014, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/you-it/201303/postpartum-depression-is-common-and-often-untreated
Bad Habits: Video Game Addiction
It is very common nowadays to see parents getting frustrated with their children when all they do is play video games all day. It is becoming a distraction from school work, daily lives, and maintaining social connections. The gaming business is growing at an exponential rate. “The Entertainment Software Association estimates that in the United States, 58% of the population owns a gaming console. In 2013, the video game market totaled $93 billion in revenue and is projected to reach $111 billion by 2015” (Psychiatric Annals, 379). There is more and more gaming systems produced every day. Last year alone 2 new gaming systems were manufactured and the chaotic experience when trying to buy one during the holidays was extreme. There are websites made specifically to help people decide what gaming system to buy for the holidays.
There are many symptoms of gaming addiction. Addiction: The more of these symptoms you can identify in your child, the greater the need to seek professional help:
- Most non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games
- Falling asleep in school
- Falling behind with assignments
- Worsening grades
- Lying about computer or video game use
- Choosing to use the computer or play video games, rather than see friends
- Dropping out of other social groups (clubs or sports)
- Being irritable when not playing a video game or being on the computer
Gaming addiction causes families a lot of distress and professional help is often needed. If you notice these symptoms in anyone you know, help is available around and seek advice and counseling for the child. The earlier it is stopped, the less severe it may become.