If you are wondering if Christmas Depression really exists, I am here to tell you - "you bet it does"!
Christmas Depression, sometimes referred to as Holiday Depression, seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is very common.
During the holidays, some people experience an exciting time full of happy childhood memories, laughter and fun gatherings with family and friends.
While, for others, it triggers a lot of "stuff" that ressurects itself during the holiday season. People use the term "holiday blues" all the time and this is because the holidays have a tendency to stir up a lot of unresolved issues and feelings. Diffucult childhood memories, the death of a loved one, unhealthy family dynamics, financial pressure, personal regret and, of course, a ton of stress ... there are many reasons the holidays can trigger a feeling of being depressed.
Yes the holidays can really bring a person down, hence the term.
There are many different types of depressive disorders and the symptoms for this particular one include the following:
These symptoms are not uncommon to a clinical depressive disorder however, in this case, the symptoms are atypical for the individual and they usually exist only during the holiday season.
So do you have Christmas depression? If so, there is hope! While there really isn't a formal treatment for this, here are some suggestions I have to help you get through it.
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