The first Monday after the holidays can be a depressing time for people coping with a post-holiday letdown and a type of depression triggered by short days called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
And this year, First Monday will be especially blue, due to the added stress of the brutal cold in the forecast, said Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Dr. Angelos Halaris, who specializes in treating depression.
“All these factors will have a cumulative effect,” Halaris said. “We could see an uptick in depression this coming week and for the rest of the month.”
For many people, the holidays are a time of too much eating and drinking, combined with family stresses and relationship issues. They begin the new year mentally and physically exhausted.
For people affected by seasonal affective disorder, energy and mood take a nosedive during the short days of winter. “SAD is characterized by depression, exhaustion and lack of interest in people and regular activities,” Halaris said. “It interferes with a person’s outlook on life and ability to function properly.”
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