The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for people with depression, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can destabilize and sometimes debilitate.
Stress-related events, such as the holidays, may trigger half of all depressive episodes. The good news is that knowing how to avoid common triggers can prevent an episode from occurring.
“A relapse-prevention plan is key,” said Dr. John Langlow, medical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. “You can do a lot to lower the risk of relapse if you plan ahead.”