How to actually help a loved one who seems depressed over the holidays

City Women & co

December 06, 2018 at 01:41PM

This season may be your favorite time of year (spiked hot chocolate, awesome-yet-terrible holiday movies on Netflix, all the good vibes in the air). But if you come home for the holidays to find someone you love is dealing with depression, all that can change in an instant.

Maybe you picked up a few signs on the phone beforehand: a comment about exhaustion here, a tone of sadness there. But there’s nothing like spending significant time with your mom, dad, brother or sister to really see all the red flags (such as lack of energy, sadness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in favorite activities).

The holidays can be a vulnerable period for people, so a family member’s symptoms of depression may become especially clear. “Some people are affected by less sunlight and more gray days—plus this season…

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