As Halloween wraps up, the holiday season is also coming up – soon.  All of us tend to focus on the preparations needed: making large and festive meals, having guests for the day or for overnight stays, our own travel perhaps, decorating our homes (to varying degrees), special plans for children,  and of course, all the shopping for presents and working out those logistics (as well as expenses). But, there is a mental and emotional aspect to this season as well.

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Tom sat down for his first hour after his initial evaluation.  I asked him, “How are you doing today?”ffffff

Tom responded slowly, “That’s a good question.  I know that we met last week and I’m beginning to understand some of the feelings I’ve had for a really long time.  I also feel that it will take quite a few hours for us to settle my particular issues.  In the meantime, I do feel depressed some of the time. I don’t want to take any medication. I can’t afford it because I don’t have insurance and I can’t handle the frequent side effect of weight gain.  What can I do to feel less depressed while we’re doing this work?  I used to drink alcohol but I don’t want to do that anymore either.”

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