ANCHOR LEAD: 'Tis the season to be jolly, but a new national survey finds nearly half of Americans experience seasonal mental health issues. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A recent survey from University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences finds forty-five percent of U.S. adults have experienced mental health issues like sadness or depression around the holiday season. Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody is dean of faculty for the College of Social Sciences…
CUT: (Dr. Woody) This is the time of year that can bring up painful memories. We know that isolation and feelings of loneliness can certainly factor in. Of course, financial strain really is a problem for people this time of year.
SCRIPT: Dr. Woody says if you experience symptoms, there are ways to help maneuver your way through this trying time.
CUT: (Dr. Woody) First is simply taking inventory of your feelings, acknowledge them, not just recognize how you feel. Deal with those feelings. Next, staying fit, trying not to skip those workouts this time of year is really beneficial. Next, we want to share the responsibilities, it's important to delegate. And then lastly, if you're really struggling, reach out to a mental health professional.
SCRIPT: For more about mental health services or careers go to Phoenix.edu. That's Newsbreak from University of Phoenix.
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