Connect with the CEO with Robert E. Brady, PhD, on November 29, at 12 pm

Connect with the CEO
In the next “Connect with the CEO,” CEO and president Joanne M. Conroy, MD, will be joined by Robert E. Brady, PhD, director of Anxiety Disorders Service at Dartmouth Health, for a conversation about holiday blues and SAD.

The next "Connect with the CEO" will address anxiety and depression associated with the holiday season and the winter months.

As winter approaches, many people find themselves struggling. The holiday season can be difficult for people dealing with loss, loneliness, and anxiety over how stressful this time of year can be. For others, it goes beyond just the “holiday blues”—seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, in winter is marked by depression brought on by cold weather, limited time outdoors, extended periods of darkness, and isolation.

In Dartmouth Health’s next “Connect with the CEO” live segment on Tuesday, November 29, at 12 pm, CEO and president Joanne M. Conroy, MD, will be joined by Robert E. Brady, PhD, director of Anxiety Disorders Service at Dartmouth Health, for a conversation about holiday blues and SAD. Conroy and Brady will discuss the most common causes of anxiety and depression this time of year, how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these feelings for many people, techniques and resources for managing holiday blues and SAD, and how to support a loved one who may be struggling.

“We in northern New England know just how harsh winter can be—not just in terms of weather, but on our mental health as well,” Brady said. “And while the holiday season is a joyful time for many, it is often a hard time for others. The collective challenges and losses during the pandemic that people are still grappling with can make the holidays all the more difficult. I look forward to talking to Dr. Conroy about this topic, and hopefully helping people feel less alone in their struggles and provide tools to cope.”

To watch the segment live, visit the Dartmouth Health Facebook page at noon. The chat function on the live video will be open and viewers who are logged into Facebook will be able to submit questions via the chat. For those unable to watch live at noon, an archived version will be available later on Facebook or Dartmouth Health's YouTube channel. Questions may be submitted in advance to

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