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How to Deal with Seasonal Depression During the Holidays

Experts discuss mental health, self-care and overall wellness, as many struggle with depression and anxiety – especially during the holidays and winter months.



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Are the holidays triggering for you? Do you feel overwhelmed by the preparations? Maybe seeing family at this time of year leads to anxiety and conflict for you?

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

Today, our experts talk about ways to deal with depression during the holidays, signs and symptoms of depression, as well as what you can do to manage your mental wellness during this time of year.

We also have a special guest who shares her own personal story of developing seasonal depression, how she learned to manage it, and ways to help others.

If you'd like to talk to someone to get help, our guests recommend reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline or calling 800-273-8255 for more information.

Additionally, the CDC announced new recommendations regarding the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, so we’ll explore what you should know if you received the J&J shot.


Dr. Hana El Sahly

Dr. Jeff Temple

Tashell Williams

  • Certified Wellness Coach
  • Author of the upcoming book One Lung to Live

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