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The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) works to guarantee high-quality, safe and accessible health care services through an integrated healthcare landscape in which all Rhode Islanders will thrive.

Holiday Blues are REAL

Feeling Blue?

The holidays can trigger sadness, anxiety, stress, and depression for a lot of people (eight out of 10 Americans according to the American Psychological Association).

Depression can manifest itself in sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. With the constant array of time demands, financial worries, parties, shopping and trying to make the holiday perfect for loved ones, many people experience what is commonly referred to as the “holiday blues.”

People who do not view themselves as depressed may develop stress responses- such as headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating and insomnia.

Finally, some may experience post-holiday sadness after New Year's Day. This can result from built-up expectations and disappointments from the previous year, coupled with stress and fatigue.

Those feelings of depression and anxiety can be normal, and there is help available- call 988 if you need to talk someone. They can also connect you to the most appropriate services, if you like.


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Call 988 if you are having thoughts of suicide or in crisis.  988 is free, available 24/7, and confidential.