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Depression hits hard around the holidays

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - While the holiday season is typically a happy time, for some people it has the opposite affect. From severe loneliness to the pressure to have the perfect Christmas, depression this time of year can have many causes and even manifest physiologically with headaches, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. 

If you suspect someone you know may be suffering, psychologist Dr. Kirk Bellis recommends how you can help. "I think the best thing is to just listen," he recommended. "People really need to have someone understand how they feel. They don't necessarily want you to give them a solution or fix to the problem because a lot of the times the problem is not fixable but a lot listening to people is more than enough to help them get through the rough times."

Dr. Bellis suggests getting over the holiday blues by going to events that will cheer you up or by volunteering your time this holiday season and helping others.

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