The Shrink’s Links: Bright Ideas for Treating the Winter Blues

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Christmas time is a busy time of the year for malls, elves, and postal workers, but, despite the myth, it is not a busy time for us shrinks. Actually, it’s April.

Nonetheless, there is something about this time of year that makes it hard, especially in the Rochester area, to kick it into gear. It’s the time when clients complain more and more about loneliness, family conflicts, and dashed expectations. Alcoholics have more temptations to drink, overeaters to eat, and drug addicts remember the time they once hocked the kids’ Christmas to score, get guilty, and hock Christmas again just to feel better. There is something about Christmas that makes people miserable.
Why is this so? Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of the year.

Have you looked outside lately? Go ahead and do it now. What do you see?
Chances are, you can see nothing because it is dark. It’s mostly dark this time of year. Can that have anything to do with it?
It does. A lot of of heartache could be prevented by turning on a few lights.
Read this article from the Wall Street Journal to learn more.