Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Boston Interview Op – Harvard Psychiatrist Shares 4 Tips to Surviving the Holidays with Family

Dear Mr. William Tauro :

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 16.2 million U.S. adults have had at least one major depressive episode, and approximately 24 percent of people with a diagnosed mental illness find that the holidays make their condition “a lot” worse.

Even without a history of mental illness, many find that the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. People—and their families—often set their expectations too high and then feel disappointed and inadequate when the season falls short. Let’s face it: Not everyone’s life plays like a Hallmark channel movie.

Dr. Frank Anderson, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and author of Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD With Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, can break it down for your audience in a simple, approachable way, and possibly help make the season merrier and brighter. I look forward to booking an interview and book mention with you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harvard Psychiatrist Shares 4 Tips to Surviving the Holidays with Family

Boston, MA, November 29, 2021 — Dr. Frank Anderson, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and author of Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD With Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, (PESI Publishing, Inc; ISBN: 9781683733973; Original Trade Paperback) can provide your audience with advice on how to positively deal with negative emotional triggers over the holiday season. Through the innovative, evidence-based and holistic therapy approach to understanding and healing family trauma, Dr. Anderson reveals four tips that will help your audience survive the holidays:

– Accept Imperfection. Before any gathering, accept that the event might not go exactly as planned. Imperfection is a normal, healthy part of life.

– Flush Out Family Drama. Don’t take on their drama. Differentiate what is yours from what is theirs, and remind yourself what is truly important.

– Prepare an Emotional Exit Plan. If you are going to be at an event with relatives you don’t like, take a walk when you start to feel triggered—and if you are hosting the party, designate a room that is off limits where you can take a break.
– Treat Yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury, especially during the holidays. Treat yourself to your favorite meal or get a massage. Whatever the activity is, do it often during the holidays.

Frank G. Anderson, MD, became interested in treating trauma during his residency program in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and later became a psychiatrist at the Trauma Center in Boston under the direction of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Body Keeps the Score. During this early phase of his career, Dr. Anderson met Dr. Richard Schwartz, founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS), and has been practicing IFS therapy ever since. Today, Dr. Anderson works as a lead trainer and consultant for the IFS Institute and serves as adviser to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). To learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work, visit http://www.FrankAndersonMD.com.

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