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Taking Stock of the Season’s Perils

December 26, 2007 12:01 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Though celebrated in song as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season is also a time of depression and high mortality rates—yet it is not as bad as some seem to believe.

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Studies have shown that the number of deaths attributed to heart attacks and alcohol-impaired driving increases around the holidays. These two dangers are covered separately this December by Fox News affiliate WGHP and the Associated Press.

This year, mortgage and other economic concerns have also made buying gifts and expensive festivities more stressful for many.

Given the abundance of risks and bad news, along with the proverbial “holiday blues,” it is somewhat surprising that an Oxford University study has found that people are more likely to attempt suicide during spring and summer, not around the holidays as many people imagine.

And for those who are battling the blues, companies often offer employees free, anonymous counseling.

There are also dozens of sites on the Web that try to explain the causes of depressive episodes this time of year and offer tips for dealing with the holidays. Among the top tips: Be realistic in setting goals.

No matter how stressful the holidays seem, remember that it could be worse. For example, according to Slate, between Dec. 4 to Dec. 20, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are having 26 parties at the White House for nearly 10,000 people.

Headline Links: The holiday woes

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Reference Material: Seasonal suicide and dealing with the holiday blues

Related Topics: Busy season at the White House

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