surviving holiday stress

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

If you live in America, chances are this was a pretty…eventful week for you, what with the Thanksgiving holiday and the ever-controversial Black Friday.

We hope today is a day a peace and relaxation, and we’ve gathered all the latest mental health-related news across the ‘net to help you settle down and refocus.

This week, you’ll learn more about how to manage the holidays when you have anxiety, the most important things everyone should know about seasonal depression, and the one thing you’re likely not doing for yourself if you’re unhappy.

7 Ways to Manage the Holidays When You Have Anxiety: The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for anyone — especially those already dealing with anxiety — so these tips are for everyone!

‘Fit-for-Work’ Tests Linked to Relapses in Those With Mental Health Problems: According to a consultant with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, tests used to determine a person’s eligibility for disability benefits can cause patients with “serious mental health conditions” to relapse.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Seasonal Depression: For those dealing with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), winter isn’t always “the most wonderful time of the year.” Learn more about how it can affect people’s daily lives — maybe even yours.

Dear Media: People With Mental Illness Are Not Monsters: Mental health advocate Rachel Griffin wants to know what would happen if the media showed the “beauty, strength, and value” of people with mental health conditions, instead?

5 Secrets to Dating When You Have Bipolar Disorder: Learn how to take it slow, minimize your anxiety, put yourself first, and more.

Schizophrenia Patients More Prone To Hallucinations Due To Irregular Structural Fold In Their Brains: According to a new study in Nature Communications, “structural irregularities” in a certain region of the brain could contribute to more hallucinations for some schizophrenia patients.

One Thing Unhappy People Refuse to Do for Themselves: Does “self-neglect” ring a bell?