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Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

The question:


I think I have seasonal affective disorder. How do I know for sure?


The answer:


Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more commonly known as “the winter blues,” is a type of depression that impacts about two to three per cent of the general population. Many of us find that our mood and energy levels are affected by the weather: Warmer, sunnier days tend to lift our moods, while cold, rainy, dark days can make us feel gloomier. For a certain percentage of people, the weather (and in particular seasonal variations in light that come along with shorter days) has a more significant impact and can lead to the development of a particular subtype of clinical depression.

 

 

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The power of thought on mitigating stress

(by Dr. Joti Samra, for Lifespeak)     We all talk about “how stressed” we are, but we are not always clear about what exactly stress is. Stress can very simply be defined as demands on us (emotional, cognitive, physical)…

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How to beat the holiday blues

(by Christine Tam , ctvbc.ca)   For many, the holiday season is the most stressful time of year. Anxiety over gift shopping, social events and even the weather can cause feelings of depression. Clinical psychologist Dr. Joti Samra says there…

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How do I survive my holiday work party?

The question:


I’m extremely shy and worried about the upcoming holiday season and all the socializing that comes with it. Usually I skip most events but this year I can’t get out of the work holiday party. How do I cope?

 

The answer:


Such social events can be a tremendous source of stress if you tend to be shy or introverted. So know that you are not alone in feeling this way.

 

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Are stress-free holidays even possible?

Great food, warm drinks, relaxing family time - sounds lovely, right?   So why does this "special" time of year often turn chaotic - with last minute dashes to the mall, feuding family members, smoking ovens and out-of-control kids?  …

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