Feeling Stressed over the Holidays and Ongoing Pandemic? Dartmouth-Hitchcock to Host Live Conversation on How to Manage Anxiety during this Challenging Time

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It’s normal for the holiday season to bring up many difficult emotions in people, and it’s certainly normal for a years-long period of isolation and fear over public health to cause stress.

Robert Brady, PhD

The holiday season can be a significant trigger for stress and anxiety for many people. The pressure to make the holidays “perfect,” spending money on gifts, being with family and missing loved ones who are no longer around can take its toll. Add in that we are now in the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the month of December is likely to be a difficult one for many this year.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) will host a live “Connect with the CEO” discussion on Facebook on Wednesday, December 8, to offer tips and advice. Joining D-H and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, will be Robert E. Brady, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Service at D-H.

“In the last nearly two years, we have seen many people struggle with anxiety for the first time, and the pandemic has also exacerbated symptoms for many people who have been living with anxiety for some time,” Brady said. “It’s normal for the holiday season to bring up many difficult emotions in people, and it’s certainly normal for a years-long period of isolation and fear over public health to cause stress. I look forward to this conversation with Dr. Conroy and viewers online to give people the opportunity to talk about what they’ve been going through, see that they are not alone in their struggles, and find ways to alleviate their stress and anxiety.”

This live conversation can be watched at noon on the D-H Facebook page, and will also be archived later on Facebook and the D-H YouTube channel. Questions may be submitted live in the chat on Facebook, or in advance to social@hitchcock.org

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.