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December — Mood Disorders Month 

December Health Focus: Week 1

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The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful time. However, many people find themselves sad or depressed this time of year and the holiday season magnifies their state of mind. The exact causes of mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder are not fully understood. Yet, every year one in four Americans develops a mood disorder. Fortunately, many effective treatments are available for mood disorders. 


Overview of Mood Disorders 

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Depression 


Watch this video to learn how depression is different from feeling sad or unhappy. 


Mood disorders affect more than just the mind — they impact your physical body as well.  


How Mood Disorders Affect Your Body 


Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) is a milder form of chronic depression and is believed to be twice as common in women than men. Read more about the symptoms and potential biological causes. 


Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) 


As the holiday season approaches, it’s a good time to revisit your relationships. Did you realize that positive relationships not only make you feel happy, they have beneficial effects that contribute to a better health and a longer life?  


The Good Ripples of Positive Relationships  


Try these tips to help you build richer relationships and increase your happiness. 


Relationship Tips That Foster Happiness 


Cook up something healthy as a holiday gift! 


Seasoned Olive Oil 

Apple Butter 

Date & Walnut Bread 

Mixed Fruit Chutney 

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