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Tennessee Department of Mental Health: Are You Feeling the Holiday Blues?

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services would like to wish you a great holiday season but also inform you about the major mood disorders that can accompany the holiday season. Avoid the “Holiday Blues” in order to enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

Unfortunately, the holiday season brings about overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness for too many Tennesseans.

The Holidays: A Time of Joy, Happiness, Cheer and Major Stressors

The Holidays: A Time of Joy, Happiness, Cheer and Major Stressors

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Let Me Sow Hope, Where There Is Despair

 

This is the fourth of a series of articles based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi beginning, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

Clarksville, TN – The short days of winter can set up feelings of despair in the best of us. We long for the green leaves of spring, the flowers, the warmth that pervades the atmosphere, the lightness of spirit that comes in hearing the songs of birds and the renewal of the Earth’s beauty.

Almost everyone at one time or another suffers from “winter blues” when you want to sleep more and eat more and wish away the cold winter months.

For others, these short days actually set up a chemical reaction in the brain now branded SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Symptoms can begin as early as September and continue through April, but the worst days are the darkest days when one feels that he gets up in darkness and returns from work in darkness.

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder

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Tennessee Department of Mental Health offers Help for Tennesseans Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - TDMHSASNashville, TN – Based on national estimates, thousands of Tennesseans struggle through the cold and dreary winter season with feelings of prolonged sadness.

For an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the population, winter brings about periods of fatigue and in some cases anxiety known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD). «Read the rest of this article»

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Where There Is Despair, Let Me Sow Hope

 

Author’s Note: This is the fourth of a series of articles based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi beginning, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

The short days of winter can set up feelings of despair in the best of us. We long for the green leaves of spring, the flowers, the warmth that pervades the atmosphere, the lightness of spirit that comes in hearing the songs of birds and the renewal of the Earth’s beauty.

Almost everyone at one time or another suffers from “winter blues” when you want to sleep more and eat more and wish away the cold winter months.

For others, these short days actually set up a chemical reaction in the brain now branded SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Symptoms can begin as early as September and continue through April, but the worst days are the darkest days when one feels that he gets up in darkness and returns from work in darkness.

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Feeling “SAD” during the winter months?

 

Identifying and treating seasonal affective disorder

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesNASHVILLE – The winter season temporarily brings about cold temperatures, dreary days and feelings of prolonged sadness for many Tennesseans. These feelings may be caused by a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which tends to occur more often in winter months, especially January and February.

It is now estimated that 4 to 6 percent of the population suffers from SAD. The disorder is four times more common in women than in men, but, when present, men may have more severe symptoms. Young adults are also more likely to suffer from SAD, but it is uncommon in people under 20.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a mood disorder that follows a pattern related to seasonal variations in sunlight. Along with feelings of sadness and depression, symptoms include change in appetite, excessive need for sleep, cravings for sugary and/or starchy foods, and avoidance of social situations. If a person experiences these symptoms, a mental health expert can accurately diagnose SAD and treatment options can then be explored. «Read the rest of this article»

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