Helping kids shake the post-holiday blues

When kids return to school after the holidays, school counselors often see their caseloads rise.

"We get reports from school counselors that they have a lot more kids lined up to see them because the kids are melancholy, apathetic or anxious," said Clifton Saper, Ph.D., an Amita Health clinical psychologist who specializes in individual, adolescent and family psychotherapy.

In many cases, kids are suffering from the post-holiday blues, a letdown that can occur after holiday festivities come to an end. "Most kids and most parents have unrealistic expectations of the holidays, so there's often this letdown feeling after the holidays of `Oh, it wasn't what I thought it was supposed to be,' " Saper said.

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