Q&A #12: Is Depression Worse During the Holidays?

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people they are a time of stress and depression. Depression can be the result of the stress and anxiety of the holiday season, especially during the months of November and December.


Part of the problem, according to psychologists, is the bombardment of media during the holidays showing images of smiling families and friends. These images may cause people to question the quality of their relationships.

Other sources of depression during the holidays are stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, overcommercialization, financial stress,and the inability to be with one's family and friends. In the coming weeks, I will discuss SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder which can occur at this time of year.

How can you overcome the holiday blues? Check out this week’s blogs, Physician’s Facts, and Faith Facts for solutions. The key to be proactive; to understand that depression WILL occur during the holidays and you must formulate a PLAN before things get bad!

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