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Depression Around The Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Alienation, Couples & Family, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Substance Abuse | 0 comments

Depression Around The Holiday Season

(As seen in Anton Media November 2018)

The holidays aren’t merry and bright for all of us. Clinical data has shown this time of year to be associated with an increase in certain types of psychopathology such as dysphoric moods and alcohol-related fatalities. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the heightened social interactions, or lack thereof, during the holiday months of November and December may cause even those who are normally content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.

 

Isolation

Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may have a small social circle or lack opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often exacerbates the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression.

 

Grief

Some of us may be acutely aware of the absence of a loved one during the holidays. Earlier traditions may no longer seem enjoyable without them and this may understandably trigger depression or anhedonia. Motivation may be a scarce commodity at a time like this but it is not recommended to forego these activities without a substitute. If no alternatives come to mind consider helping others. There is a reason why peer support groups like alcoholics anonymous identify helping others as a part of the path towards improving the quality of our own lives. Try helping a neighbor, organize a gift drive or work at a soup kitchen. The experience can be profoundly rewarding.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It is estimated that 30 to 45 million Americans (60% – 90% of which are women between the ages of 15 and 55) find their moods negatively affected between October and April and in approximately 3 to 6 million the symptoms are more severe. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a distinct form of depression that an individual experiences around the same time each year. Winter depression, the more prevalent variation of SAD, is characterized by depression, isolation, weight gain, hypersomnia difficulty concentrating, irritability and low-energy.

 

Evidence suggests that, while the frigid climate may bring you down, winter depression is actually related more to a deficit in light than to temperature. Some experts believe that the lack of sunlight decreases levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter believed to contribute to feelings of wellbeing and happiness) in the brain and increases the body’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is natural hormone that causes drowsiness and is involved in our sleep-wake cycle. Levels of melatonin fluctuate in all of us throughout the year but for some of us this mechanism goes awry. As a result, SAD clients tend to experience an extension in their biological night.

 

This disorder is treated with light therapy, antidepressants, and talk therapy.

 

Comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides.

Have you ever noticed how everyone is always smiling on Facebook? It can be difficult to avoid comparing yourself with others during the holidays. (more…)

The Role of Anger in Abusive Relationships

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Couples & Family, Divorce, Emotional Abuse, Marriage, Narcissism | 0 comments

The Role of Anger in Abusive Relationships

(As seen in Anton Media November 2018)

Many people think that anger management is about learning to suppress your anger. The true goal should be to understand the message behind these feelings and to express them in a healthy way without losing control. (more…)

Managing Familial Expectations

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Alienation, Anxiety, Couples & Family, Motivation | 0 comments

Managing Familial Expectations

Managing Familial Expectations

As Seen in Anton New Healthy Living Section September 19 – September 23rd, 2018

As much as anyone might wish they could peer into the future, no one has a crystal ball. Fear of the unknown is a significant stressor because our ability to plan for the future is limited and thus we feel less in control of our lives. (more…)

Why Are Some Young Adults Failing To Launch

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Couples & Family, Motivation, Video Game Addiction | 0 comments

Why Are Some Young Adults Failing To Launch

Why Are Some Young Adults Failing To Launch

As Seen in Anton News Health Living Section August 22nd – August 28th, 2018

 

Many young people today are having difficulties transitioning from adolescence to the self-sufficiency and responsibilities of adulthood. Parents of these children who have failed-to-launch (FTL) feel both emotionally and financially drained because their children seemingly have little motivation to move through life. (more…)

Healthy Ways For Helping Children Cope With Anxiety

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Anxiety, Couples & Family, Rational Emotions | 0 comments

Healthy Ways For Helping Children Cope With Anxiety

Healthy Ways For Helping Children Cope With Anxiety

As Seen In Anton News Healthy Living Section August 15th – August 21st, 2018

 

When children are chronically anxious, parents who do not want their child to suffer often inadvertently exacerbate their child’s anxiety. As parents, we try to anticipate the danger our children can get into and divert them from it. (more…)

Is Your Child Addicted To Fortnight?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Publications, Video Game Addiction | 0 comments

Is Your Child Addicted To Fortnight?

Is Your Child Addicted To Fortnite?

As Seen In Anton News Healthy Living Section May 9 – May 15, 2018

Many parents have expressed an ongoing concern that their child plays video games too often. They worry that this obsessive gameplay has not only affected their schoolwork but their ability to socialize with others in the physical, non-virtual, world. (more…)

The Socially Complex Landscape of Middle School and High School

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Alienation, Anxiety, Emotional Abuse, Peer Pressure | 0 comments

The Socially Complex Landscape of Middle School and High School

(As Seen In Blank Slate Media Publications in September 2016)

Teen culture is social by nature. Some friendship groups welcome people to join while others are more selective. Selective group members make it clear that they are very particular about who they accept into their crowd. This type of restricted group is sometimes called a clique. (more…)

Emotionally Abusive Relationships

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Anxiety, Couples & Family, Depression, Emotional Abuse | 0 comments

Emotionally Abusive Relationships

By Jeremy Skow, LMHC, CASAC, MBA

          If you’ve ever been in an abusive relationship, you know how easy it is to get caught in its web. It often starts out with a simple suggestion like, “Do you think that outfit is the best choice for the party later?” “Why don’t you try ordering a salad.” or “You should get a real job and stop the nonsense about making it as an artist.” (more…)

Motivating The Low Achieving Young Adult

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Couples & Family, Motivation | 0 comments

Motivating The Low Achieving Young Adult

By Jeremy Skow, LMHC, CASAC, MBA

          Young adults, with few exceptions, are motivated. It may not be the sort of motivation their parents want to see ­ to be ambitious, to work harder, to achieve more, to be self­starters ­ but they are certainly motivated to do what they want (pleasure) and avoid what they don’t want (work). (more…)

Saving Your Marriage In Times Of Financial Hardship

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Anxiety, Couples & Family, Depression, Divorce, Finances, Marriage | 0 comments

Saving Your Marriage In Times Of Financial Hardship

By Jeremy Skow, LMHC, CASAC, MBA

          Money has been documented as being the number one cause of friction in relationships. When times are tough tension mounts, fingers point and fear increases. (more…)