Christmas is behind us and it’ll be 2008 in no time, but the season of celebration is anything but joyous for some Iowans. Post-holiday depression can become a problem about now, according to Dr. Todd Stull, a psychiatrist in Omaha/Council Bluffs. He says the end of the holiday season can often bring on a type of funk that’s hard to overcome.
Stull says: "Sometimes it’s longing to be with somebody that is a family member that’s passed away. Sometimes it’s family conflicts. In this day and age, where families and people are more mobile, sometimes it’s not being able to spend time or as much time as what you want to with your family members, so that reflects on it."
Stull says there is a lot of excitement leading up to the holidays and when the Christmas tree and lights come down, many feel there is nothing to look forward to until spring arrives. He says there are some things Iowans can do to overcome post-holiday depression.
Stull suggests: "Exercise, staying active and trying to do something everyday. Sticking with a routine, sticking with a sleep-wake cycle, being around people you care about and trying to busy yourself, if you will, but getting adequate rest. For some people that have more severe versions, sometimes they need to take an antidepressant." He also recommends counseling for depression if symptoms won’t go away.