Emerald Isle Highlights Role Of Self Care In Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder
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Sun City, Arizona based Emerald Isle Health & Recovery is taking steps to help those who are dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Also known as post holiday blues syndrome, this condition affects many Americans, and Emerald Isle is sharing self care tips to help them improve their mental health now that the holiday season is at an end.
“The post-holiday blues are typically a minor, short-term mental health issue,” says Emerald Isle in a new blog post on the subject. “But in some cases, they can have a significant impact on your ability to function. You may be able to cope with minor feelings of sadness on your own. However, for more serious symptoms, you may need to seek treatment from a qualified mental health professional. Effective remedies are available, and the right recovery plan will help you regain your sense of wellness.”
The center emphasizes that the condition is real and should not be underestimated. Its impact is measurable in the way it can disrupt a person’s daily activities, and they do not recommend trying to ignore it even in relatively mild cases. However, they clarify that many people also tend to claim to have the ‘post holiday blues’ when they simply miss the holidays. Here, the distinction may be made by identifying whether their sadness makes them act differently. They may experience lower energy levels (leading them to avoid family activities, going to work and so on), a rapidly changing mood, anxiety and more.
According to Emerald Isle, these symptoms tend to be quite similar to major depression, the most common mental health issue in the US. However, major depression is known to last for quite a long period (often even a lifetime), and that is not the case here. The center says the post holiday blues are formally referred to as an adjustment disorder with a depressed mood, or situational depression. On the other hand, some may find themselves more likely to feel depressed in the fall or winter, which may in turn mean they are actually suffering from seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD or seasonal depression. Unlike situational depression, Emerald Isle clarifies that SAD is considered a subtype of major depression since people with this condition have symptoms that are generally more severe. Learn more here: Seasonal Affective Disorder Self Care.
The first step to reducing a depression risk (or reducing its effects) is for the individual in question to admit their feelings to themselves. Following this, they can begin to take their needs into consideration and avoid situations that make them feel worse. For instance, the center suggests that they form a realistic idea of how much they can deal with during the holidays. By planning well in advance, they can ensure they meet their need to socialize and so on without getting overwhelmed. Similarly, this will also help them maintain their connections with people they trust, who form their support network.
Emerald Isle points out that the holidays can get hectic, so even the best laid plans can go awry at times. However, everyone has a right to rest when they need it, and the center advises their community not to ignore what they feel when the warning signs present themselves. A healthier lifestyle can do a lot to help as well. The center recommends that everyone get lots of sleep, eat a balanced and nutritious diet, exercise regularly and even place strict limits on how much alcohol they consume.
However, the best remedy in many situations may be to seek a professional’s help. Emerald Isle says their team is standing by to help those who are suffering from situational depression, seasonal affective disorder and any other mental health issue. Instead of focusing on whether their diagnosis meets the right criteria to be considered serious enough, Emerald Isle says people should base their decision to seek professional help on how their condition affects their life. If it tends to lead to negative outcomes, such as avoiding relationships, not eating well, excessive stress and so on, they are advised to consult with a mental health professional who can develop a plan to address it.
Emerald Isle Health & Recovery employs Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help some people who have substance abuse or mental health problems. A form of cognitive-behavioral mental health treatment, DBT has been used to treat major depression, PTSD and more. Additionally, Emerald Isle says everyone in their community can get in touch with their team today to schedule a free mental health assessment. Through DBT or any other suitable treatment, the center will be able to help. Learn more here: What Is DBT Therapy.
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Emerald Isle Health & Recovery
Emerald Isle Health & Recovery
10702 W Peoria Ave
Sun City, Arizona 85351