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Health Tip: Are You Disposed to the Holiday Blues?

Risk factors for holiday depression

(HealthDay News) -- Though the holiday season is joyous for many, it can be depressing for some.

The Cleveland Clinic mentions these risk factors for the holiday blues:

  • Connecting the holidays with family problems or painful memories.
  • Expecting that you should feel happy.
  • Dealing with the loss of a loved one, or spending the holidays away from friends and family.
  • Developing unrealistic expectations, or thinking about negatives that have occurred during the past year.
  • Dealing with changes in the family, such as divorce or death.
  • Drinking too much alcohol during the holidays.
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