FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- The hype of the holiday season may bring with it - lots of stress.

From the baking, travel and spending - the demands can add up quickly.

"A lot of my friends have awful families and they don't like seeing them 55 and then they worry about being nice to them," said Reine Streicher, beating the post-holiday stress.

"My daughter's birthday is 3 days after Christmas and I was barely able to do as much as I wanted for her," said Anthony Holley, beating the post-holiday stress.

"People have these high expectations, they rarely ever get met and then you get that let down afterwards," said Lauren Pallin, RN and Director of Psychiatry at St. Mary's Hospital.

Pallin says after new years -- there's a surge in patients admitted for depression.

"They may feel like they may not have anywhere to go," said Pallin.

Signs of post holiday depression to look out for includes sleeplessness, eating more and thoughts of suicide.

"A little stress is okay, it can be a motivator but it's that imbalance," said Pallin.

She says to stop this from happening, lower your expectations, exercise and stay on a budget.

"For some people it's a bit surprise to see how much they've spend if they don't keep track of it," said Pallin.

Others we interviewed near State Street in downtown Madison have their own way to beat the stress.

"I try not to go overboard with presents try not to buy too much," said Reine Streicher.

"I have people I talk to that keep me above water," said Anthony Holley

The director adds it's okay to feel a little down after the holidays.

Looking out for your family is the best way to prevent depression from setting in.

The National Institutes of Health shows about 1 in 5 seniors live with full-blown depression in the U.S.

Pallin says women 50-years-old and up are most at risk.

Ways to beat post-holiday depression

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

12 facts you should know about ovarian cysts
Unless you're hoping to have a child (or just saw a picture of an adorable baby), you probably don't give your ovaries much thought.

5 ways to sneak in more greens (and detox)
Nourishing your body shouldn’t be exhausting.

FDA expands lung cancer approval for Bristol-Myers' drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded its approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy drug Opdivo for patients with an additional form of advanced lung cancer.

Many babies exposed to unnecessary pain in research
Babies often suffer unnecessary pain in clinical studies, potentially breaching international standards for ethical research, according to a new review of the medical literature.

Something strange is happening with placebos in America
Figure this one out: The fake drugs we know as placebos seem to be getting more and more effective in the US.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

11:00am Inside the Huddle
11:30am Paid Program
12:00pm FOX 47 Movie: "Around the World in 80 Days"
:00pm Modern Family
2:30pm Modern Family
3:00pm Ring of Honor Wrestling
4:00pm Big Bang Theory
4:30pm Big Bang Theory
5:00pm Family Feud
5:30pm Monopoly Millionaires Club
6:00pm FOX College Football Pregame
6:30pm FOX College Football: "TCU vs. K State"
10:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
10:30pm Tuesday Night Sneak Peak / Animation Domination
11:30pm Ring of Honor Wrestling

Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix