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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it is a time of joy and celebration for many. However, for many others it is a time of loneliness, isolation, stress, and depression. And, for those who don’t experience loneliness, stress can also become a factor with all of the planning and the busy schedules that often come with the holidays.
Here are some suggestions from Mayo Clinic to help you cope with these emotions during the holidays:

  • If you are feeling alone during the holiday season, look for community programs and activities to participate in. Whether it’s volunteering your time at a shelter, or attending a religious service, getting out of the house and being around people can help to boost your mood.
  • If interactions with your family bring you stress, try to set aside your differences for the holidays. Celebrations aren’t the time to bring up old wounds or hash out conflict.
  • It’s okay to say no. Often times, we get invitations from work, church, family, and friends during the holidays. Attending all of these events can be overwhelming and exhausting. It’s okay to turn down some of the invitations in exchange for relaxing time at home.
  • Seek professional help if you need it. If your feelings of stress, loneliness, or depression become overwhelming, it is okay to ask for help. Seek out a professional who can help you address your feelings and concerns.

Suffering from mood and thought disorders, major depression, or anxiety can feel insurmountable. At Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, we are the comprehensive outpatient therapy in Augusta County, VA that you need to move forward. We do that by providing unparalleled treatment for mood disorders and related psychological problems.