KYW Medical Report: Mental health during the holidays

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By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Even in a good year, the holiday season is a hard time for those struggling with mental health. And the problem will be far worse this year.

In the past 50 years, the medical community has started to understand anxiety and depression.

Every holiday, the medical community tries to focus on those who are alone or have little social interaction because they are at risk.

Being alone during the holiday season is painful, but this year, the holidays are tough for almost everyone.

Far too many people have lost family members, others have gotten past the killing stage of the virus but are suffering its long-term impact, including issues with alertness and depression.

Far more live in fear of the virus. There is the loss of jobs, furlough worries, endless shifts on the front lines and the family gatherings using Zoom.

Do not suffer alone, and reach out to your physician if you have any concerns.