The beginning of the year is often associated with high expectations of happiness and enthusiasm to find joy and contentment. But these feelings can create emotions on the opposite end of the spectrum depending on a person’s circumstances. Depression between Christmas and the New Year can be a major problem for many who find themselves in situations of loneliness, financial difficulties, or experiencing loss. During the holidays, the loss of a loved one, losing a job, or any other real… Continue Reading
Coping with Social Anxiety Disorder During the Holidays & Beyond
The holiday season is an exciting time of year filled with family, friends, gift-giving, and fun activities. While these events generally bring joy, it can be difficult for people with social anxiety disorder during the holidays. Since there are so many large gatherings around the holiday season, socially anxious individuals may need additional support and help throughout this time. Learn how you can be there for a loved one with social anxiety disorder around the holidays. What is Social Anxiety… Continue Reading
Why Do We Get Depressed Around the Holidays?
Even though the holidays are meant to bring happiness and excitement, some may find themselves dealing with sadness and overwhelm instead. As many people struggle with seasonal depression during the year, it’s important to understand what this condition is, what causes it, and how to cope with depression during the holidays. What is Seasonal Depression? Also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), seasonal depression has all the same effects as the typical mental health condition that causes severe sadness. The… Continue Reading
How to Cope with Loneliness During the Holidays
Loneliness is a common emotion to experience when living alone or when we feel separated or unsupported by others. Many times, this feeling is transient, a fleeting period that lasts only a short time. However, sometimes loneliness can become persistent. For some, this persistence can last through the winter holiday season, normally one of the more joyful times of the year. Persistent loneliness can lead to increased health risks, which is why it’s imperative to understand the effects of loneliness… Continue Reading