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Syed I. Ali, M.D. and
Fatima Z. Ali, M.D.

Dr. Fatima Ali talks seasonal depression with the Chicago Tribune

The holidays are a festive, joyous time of year full of gift-giving, good laughs, and fun with friends and family. And then… there are the holiday blues.

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed, stressed, even depressed during the holidays. But thankfully, there are ways to cope with it.

In an article for the Chicago Tribune (read it here), Dr. Fatima Ali explained this phenomenon in greater detail, and gave some thoughts on how to deal with it in a healthy, productive way.

There are a variety of factors that might cause seasonal depression, but a big one is stress. That’s anything from planning major family vacations to cooking dinners for 20 people to wading through crowded shopping malls just to buy gifts.

On dealing with those stresses, Dr. Ali says a little bit of planning helps.

What are the social activities going on, work activities or financial commitments for gifts? Start a little earlier in terms of planning what you’re going to do for the holidays if visiting family.

Don’t forget yourself. When you’re stressed, the first thing that happens is you forget yourself. Take at least 5-10 minutes in the day where you are just going to stay put and calm your mind.

Dr. Ali offers a lot of helpful information in the article, which you can read here.

And from all of us at Dupage Mental Health, we hope you have a restful, healthy, and hopefully less-stressed holiday season!