Holiday Blues becoming more common

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Suffering from the holiday blues is becoming more common.

Psychiatrists say they see a spike in patients following Christmas and the New Year, who claim to suffer from depression. The good news is that often times it goes away after a few weeks and no medication is ever needed.

A lot of depression is said to come from credit card debt from holiday shopping and losing touch with friends and family after returning home from a vacation or trip.

Dr. Michael Jenkins says, "Make sure you are not alone. That makes it much worse. If you can be around family or friends that you can confide in or have a good support system, that's good."

Other things you can do to combat depression include exercising and avoiding alcohol.

Psychiatrists say you should seek medical help if you experience depression for more than a month or experience suicidal thoughts.