Narrator: This is Science Today. The holiday season is upon us - and while for many it's a time of excitement and happiness, for others it's a time of stress, anxiety - the holiday blues. Patricia Arean, a psychiatry professor at the University of California, San Francisco says the first step in dealing with depression, is recognizing it.
Arean: Everybody has their ups and downs and certainly what is considered normal is to have occasionally days when you're like "uh, I'm too wiped out to deal with this'. If it's lasting more than two weeks, if you're feeling like this everyday, you should talk to your doctor. Maybe you're starting to slide into depression.
Narrator: When feeling depressed, Arean recommends making a list of your problems and to trying to stop viewing things in a negative light.
Arean: This doesn't mean we're telling people "think good thoughts/think happy thoughts", it's just a matter of thinking about how do you address the negative aspects of your life so that they don't overpower you.
Narrator: Little by little, Arean says looking at your problems in an more objective, less judgmental way, may lead to better overall mental health. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.