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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

It’s known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many seniors, the holiday season brings sadness and depression. Seniors can experience this Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for physical reasons, such as shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep them from participating in holiday activities. Emotional reasons like loneliness and missing deceased loved ones can also trigger seasonal depression. SAD, also known as the winter blues or holiday blues during this time of the year, is considered by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a “specifier for a recurrent major depressive disorder… that…

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