STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. As many as one in seven women experience depression following childbirth, a condition known as postpartum depression.


Depression in teens is evidenced by anger, irritability and agitation. Teens may complain of stomach aches, headaches and other physical pains.


Symptoms of depression in older adults include memory problems, unexplained aches and pains, fatigue and wanting to stay home rather than going out and socializing. These patients may neglect their personal appearance and stop taking medications.


Depression is also manifested in physical symptoms, such as:


•  lack of energy;

•  loss of libido or low sex drive;

•  poor posture and lack of eye contact;

•  speaking or moving slower than usual;

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a continual low mood, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities and a deep feeling of sadness. Depression is a persistent problem, not a passing one; the average length of a depressive episode is six to eight months.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. The WHO estimates 350 million people are affected by depression globally.


In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 59 years have the highest rate of depression (12.3 percent) of any group based on age and gender in the United States.


Depression in men mainly is expressed in self-loathing and hopelessness. Men tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems and loss of interest in work and hobbies. They are more likely to experience symptoms such as anger, aggression, reckless behavior and substance abuse.


Depressed women are more likely to experience symptoms such as pronounced feelings of guilt, weight gain, excessive sleeping and overeating. Hormonal factors impact depression in women during

SYMPTOMS OF AND TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

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•  changes in the menstrual cycle;

•  constipation; and

•  disturbed sleep patterns.


Psychological symptoms of depression include:


•  feeling helpless, hopeless, tearful, guilt-ridden, irritable and intolerant;

•  difficulty making decisions;

•  being pessimistic, humorless, lethargic and hypercritical of self and others;

•  complaining;

•  having thoughts of harming oneself or committing suicide; and

•  feeling worried or anxious.


Socially, a person with depression may neglect hobbies and interests he or she previously enjoyed. He or she may not do well at work or have difficulties in his or her family life. The person may avoid contact with friends and participate in fewer social activities.


Usually, the treatment for depression involves a combination of medicines, including selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants along with counsel- ing or psychotherapy and self-help therapies. Exercise is one of the main treatments for mild depression. Talking through your feelings with self-help groups or a relative, friend or clergyperson can be helpful.


If your depression is very severe, you maybe referred to a mental health team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and specialist nurses, who provide medication as well as intensive therapy treatments.