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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 10:03 pm

By Alana Hernandez

Staff Writer


HARLINGEN — Each year, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is bound to stir up a multitude of emotions.

While some people experience pure joy, there are others who may be experiencing the exact opposite.

Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen is hosting a Dessert with a Doctor informative seminar this Wednesday, Dec. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. to help minimize feelings of stress and depression around the holidays.

Valley Baptist Medical Center Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Salib was the inspiration behind this month’s Dessert with a Doctor topic.

He believes Christmas is the best time of the year for people to regenerate themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

During the holidays, people are expected to participate in traditions, such as buying gifts, decorating and cooking lavish meals.

Salib explained these holiday expectations may lead to increased stress and make people feel overwhelmed, which could take a toll on people’s emotional health.

Patients who may suffer from underlying depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress disorder may unconsciously reject the joy associated with the holidays.

Salib explained the rejection of holiday joy may exhibit negative behavioral symptoms such as isolation, increased anxiety, feeling “blue or down”, verbal aggression, and feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Individuals who have suffered a recent or traumatic loss of a loved one may have increased episodes of grieving during the holiday times which may represent depression.

Salib recommends people shouldn’t hold on to their negative feelings and instead share them with others when they’re not feeling well.

“ It is important to understand that we do not live alone in this world and we are intercommunicating human beings,” Salib explained. “We have the ability to share feelings and discuss what may bother us. If you feel stressed or down you should reach out to someone who you trust and who can actively listen and support you.”

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