“Remember that holiday depression and a true clinical depression are different,” she says. “They are not the same.”
Getting the blues at this time of year is common for many Nebraskans, but it’s important to know the difference between being down and being depressed.
“If we are feeling hopeless and helpless, if we’re feeling sad, if we’re feeling such low energy that we don’t want to get out of bed,” Heiney says, “then that makes you want to think, ‘I need to talk to my primary care health provider.'”
She says people who are feeling low need to ask themselves some serious questions.
“Is it possible that I’m experiencing a true clinical depression rather than this temporary, down in the dumps blues that I’m getting this year?”
She says if the feeling of depression lasts longer than two weeks, it’s time to see a professional.