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Local psychiatrist and researcher debunks depression during the holidays stats

Dr. Jason Miller, DO, a psychiatrist and Primary Investigator at Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc. said the idea of “Holiday Blues” is largely a myth and not supported by the findings of practicing psychiatrists.

“We’ve all heard about depression during the holidays and some people even report that the holidays may make them feel more depressed,” said Miller, a veteran and recipient of both a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. “But the actual findings of clinicians is much different.”

Miller said the most prevalent time of the year for depression is actually after the beginning of a new year, around February.

“A person experiencing depression is often with family or friends during the holiday season, which may allay feelings of hopelessness and loneliness,” Miller said. “After the beginning of a new year and the letdown of the holidays is when most mental health professionals see an influx of depression.”

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Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc. (CTT) was founded in 2001 by Kay Scroggins, RN, CCRC. CTT conducts approximately 80 clinical research studies a year in multiple therapeutic areas, phases and design types, working with major pharmaceutical and device sponsors, CROs, as well as smaller bio-tech companies. CTT has been named a “Top Workplace in San Antonio” for the past five years; Scroggins was honored in 2015 with a “C-Suite Award for Small/Midsize” Companies by the San Antonio Business Journal.