• DF Archive

    Managing Holiday Stress

        Coping with Depression Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people they are anything but. Learn about statistics and how to cope. Written by Michael Kerr Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD   Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people they are anything but. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety of the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December (and, to a lesser extent, just before Valentine's Day)—may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.…

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    Why Won’t You Take Your Medication?

      by Pete Earley “Why won’t you just take your medication? I take pills for my cholesterol every night and its no big deal?” “Every psychiatrist we’ve seen has said you have a mental illness. Why won’t you accept it? Why would the doctors tell you that you’re sick, if it weren’t true?” “Let’s look at when you were doing well and when you got into trouble. What was the difference? Medication. It was the difference. When you were on your meds, you were fine. And when you weren’t, you got into trouble. Can’t you see that?” These quotes may sound familiar to you if you are a parent and…