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Singles, it is that time of year again! The HOLIDAYS! Most people do love the holiday season....BUT it also brings on depression and loneliness for some. Join me as I interview Avalaura Gaither Beharry, MSW, LGSW, as we chat about holiday blues, depression and how to overcome it.
Avalaura is the founder and owner of Avalaura’s Healing Center, a holistic wellness center in College Park, MD. She combines her formal education, intuitive wisdom and life experiences to help people in the DC area and around the world to heal and transform their lives.
Her goal is to assist, inspire and empower individuals to discover their true selves and divine potential to live the lives they were born to live. Many of her clients are women who feel lost, unbalanced, unfulfilled and in search of change, purpose and direction. They love her grounded, passionate approach, sage advice and guidance. She provides one on one, in-person and phone/Skype sessions, and offers workshops and speaking engagements on dream interpretation, living your purpose, manifesting your dreams and more!
Avalaura is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC. For more information about her, visit her website at www.avalaura.com. Get the Intro to her new book "Power" and daily words of inspiration by joining her mailing list on her website.
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For many, depression creeps in.as the Yuletide season draws near, Nearly 17 million American adults and 2 million teens live with major depression independent of the pressure of the Holiday season. Commercialization of Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas,romanticizing of the “Happy Family” and the bombardment by the media of images of smiling families and friends can push some people over the edge. Stress and anxiety of the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December-cause some to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment which evolves into depression.
So what is to be done to prevent"Holiday-induced depression"? Consider that “depression” is the spiritual equivalent to cancer that grows from within and it changes thinking and sense of well-being slowly and nearly imperceptibly, metastasizing to all parts of our being. Therefore careful planning is necessary to build your immunityagainst "Depression".
Start now designing what makes you happy during the holiday season; don’t just go with the flow and don’t privatize your pain. If you hate office parties; Don’t go to office parties: schedule a movie date with yourself or with a friend instead. Schedule a visit to a senior citizen residence facility or an orphanage or a local school and provide light refreshments and come with your camera and take pictures of the residents to be presented as gifts to the residents. Make yourself a “gift” to someone… spend some time doing something you seldom take time to do.Do something that is pleasant and memorable for you; start a tradition and reflect on what “gift-giving” is meant to be.
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January Jones - Holidays & Depression
Life is a journey and sometimes that journey can be rough. The devastation's of life can throw you into a deep valley that you can't get out of. "Finding Joy" will help you find your way out of the valley and help you find healing along the way.
Jim Bender shares the personal story of a premature baby whose fight to survive will inspire you and lift your spirits. "Finding Joy" will encourage, uplift and guide you and will help you find healing, hope, purpose and, of course, joy
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An increase in the rate of suicides around the holidays is unfortunate myth, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the month of December actually boasts the lowest rate of suicides for the entire year.
It seems that the media has perpetuated this holiday suicide myth, according to The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Researchers from the center analyzed articles over the last 10 years and found that 40% of the articles continued to report the incorrect myth, even though national statistics clearly show the opposite trend.
It is important to remember that while suicide rates may be lower during the holiday months, suicides in children still occur. If you believe that your child is suicidal or thinking about harming herself, it is important to seek immediate treatment.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-799-4TTY)
If you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans* call 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
If you're a veteran call 800-273-TALK and press 1
If you're a teenager call Covenant House Nine Line at 1-800-999-9999
Telephone Counseling www.Advicecare.com 1-800-679-4031
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I am speaking very briefly of the topic of depression , I personally have delt with depression for several years and wanted to just touch on a few things. What are some ways of "self-expression"? What ways can you use to cope with depression ?
Does it seem like everyone around you, life is moving forward and you are at a stand still?
Lets talk about it?
From therapy to group counseling what experiences have you had positive and negative? Do you believe in therapy or is it al a big scam to you?
Its the Holidays again, times for parties, get togethers, family time. With that also comes many frustrations.
Maybe you will be alone during the Holidays for one reason or another.
You might have to deal with family members you really dont want to see.
Are you visiting with your significate others family/parents, possibly meeting them for the first times?
Do you know you will be around people who are only tolerating you but not happy your there?
Are you the fat girl or guy in the room? Do you feel like your on display for the rest to stare at and watch. You might even go through some unfair talk, treament or questions.
You might have gotten some invites but refused because of fears, of the unknown, who might be there, what they might think of you.
The Holiday are not always joyful, tonight we are going to talk about these issues and try to make this holiday season a happy one.
Sabrina discusses the importance of understanding that teenagers mask depression in different ways than adults. Sometimes they are not aware they are depressed. There out of control behavior, angry outburst, irritablity and loosing hope and interest in life could be signs of depression. According to the Tenn Depression Statistics: "Teen depression can affect a teen regardless of gender, social background, income level, race, or school or other achievements, though teenage girls report suffering from depression more often than teenage boys. Teenage boys are also less likely to seek help or recognize that they suffer from depression, probably due to different social expectations for boys and girls - girls are encouraged to express their feelings while boys are not." (http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-depression/depression-statistics.html). Sabrina with her special guest Kush Kumedy Kafe talks about laughter as a way of dealing with stress and depression. Kush Kumedy Aaron Westley, delivers Comedy from real life situations. and talented Donna Summer's legendary career." Atlantic City Weekly. A Great singer, beautiful smart and a great business woman.
Learn how to survive holiday stress and depression and prepare for the new year. Also explore the archives for the Living Well with Dr. Peg show. Go to http://drpegonline.com/radio/archives-2/ and scroll through a list of 150 shows over the past 3 year.
Join me next week for a live show.
TONIGHT 9P- Depression traps vary from person to person, but what they have in common is that they can serve to worsen your mood, perpetuating a vicious cycle. Avoiding social contact is a common pattern you might notice when falling into depression. Some people skip activities they normally enjoy and isolate themselves from the world. Others turn to alcohol or junk food to mask their pain and unhappiness.Plus, EDDIE LOTTO (BLUE FLAME MONEY LINE) will stop by with lottery tips. Dial 917-889-3926 to comment LIVE. REAL TALK. REAL PEOPLE. REAL TIMES.
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