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Lufkin experts weigh-in on depression during the holiday season

Presents are wrapped, stocking are hung and the Christmas spirit is in the air but many experts warn depression can set in during this time of year.

Counselor Dr. Debra Burton says two things come along with the holiday season… increased stress and increased vulnerability to depression.

 "It really magnifies a time for togetherness, family we just really focus on the media and it just magnifies that emptiness in your life," said Burton.

Burton adds that no two cases are the same and the holidays can have a negative effect on anyone.

 "People that are single or just feeling isolated or going through a divorce, the widows or the widowers they are going to be especially vulnerable," said Burton.

Burton says she tells her patients Christmas is a time to enjoy family and friends.  She also suggests getting involved helping others.

 "I think it helps to get involved it might be getting involved with helping another person in a church activity just a sense of being a part of the community," said Burton.

Pastor Dwyane Calvert says he's seen holiday depression first hand in members of his congregation…

 "Some people start trying to remember things they had when they had the good days and they get depressed thinking my days aren't as good as they used to be," said Calvert.

Calvert says something as simple as a smile can brighten someone's mood.

He also encourages you to start a holiday tradition.

 "We watch scrooge every year no matter how many years go by," said Calvert.

He says it's also a time to look forward to making positive changes.

 "Christmas comes Christmas goes but then a new year starts so its something fresh and new," said Calvert.

Experts say that social isolation plays a major role in holiday depression. They suggest volunteering in the community is a good way to lift spirits and broaden friendships.

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