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  • Writer's pictureM.E. Collins

Fathers: Depression is High during the Holidays. Know the Symptoms!

Father’s depression is high through the holidays (primarily a loss of a loved one)This is a serious (depression), especially during the holidays. November and December are rough for many fathers. What is depression? Depression is a medical condition that causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness that do not go away. Depression may cause you to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. These feelings may interfere with your daily life. What causes or increases my risk for depression? Depression is caused by changes in brain chemicals that affect your mood. Your risk for depression may be higher if you have any of the following: •Stressful events such as the death of a loved one, unemployment, childhood trauma, divorce, or domestic abuse •A chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer •Parents, siblings, or other family members with a history of depression •Drug or alcohol abuse

What are the signs and symptoms of depression? •Appetite changes, or weight gain or loss •Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much •Fatigue or lack of energy •Feeling restless, irritable, or withdrawn •Feeling worthless, hopeless, discouraged, or guilty •Trouble concentrating, remembering things, doing daily tasks, or making decisions •Thoughts about hurting or killing yourself Do not ever feel you are alone and seek help because your family, loved ones and friends need you. How can I manage depression? •Get regular physical activity. Try to exercise for 30 minutes, 3 to 5 days a week. Work with your healthcare provider to develop an exercise plan that you enjoy. Physical activity may improve your symptoms. •Get enough sleep. Create a routine to help you relax before bed. You can listen to music, read, or do yoga. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Sleep is essential for emotional health. •Eat a variety of healthy foods from all of the food groups. A healthy meal plan is low in fat, salt, and added sugar. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about a meal plan that is right for you. •Do not drink alcohol or use drugs. Alcohol and drugs can make your symptoms worse

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