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Is it normal to get depressed during the holdidays?

I suffer from depression anyway but I was just wondering is it pretty normal to get even more depressed then because of lack of money, stress or being around crowds. If anybody could answer this I'd love to hear from you- nothing sarcastic please. Thanks.


Asked by Sophie397 at 2:09 AM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Holidays

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  • is it perfectly normal. No.
    is it common. Yes.
    So in answer to your question, No it is not perfectly normal to be depressed at any time of the year but it does seem to be more common during the Holidays, and/or winter months for many many reasons.
    Money issues and the pressure daily to spend or shop. The change in light patterns and time changes. Cold damp weather and the tendencies for people to stay inside and eat more. The memories of childhood feelings and events at Christmas time you feel pressured to recreate for your own kids. Or the memory of horrific family events at Christmas, like alcoholism, deaths, family fights and so on. The tendency for families to revert back to childhood places when they get with parents and siblings for Holiday meals.
    It's all too much pressure for some to have to remember or want to remember childhoods, provide the same type of Christmas and be happy the whole time too.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:09 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Yes. it is perfectly normal for many people to get more depressed during the holidays. not just because of the crowds and the typical holiday stress but also because you feel that EXTRA pressure to be happy.
    Suicides actually go up during the holiday's then any other time of year.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:15 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Very! We often have unrealistic expectations at the holidays, of ourselves, our family. Reality is almost never like a Holiday card or made for tv movie.

    Keep a gratitude journal. Go out of your way to do something unexpected for someone else. We feel the happiest when we bring joy and happiness to someone else. Give to a charity, volunteer at a shelter, write a letter of thanks to someone who means a lot to you. Don't feel guilty or make yourself more depressed if you experience dissapointment. Just don't dwell on it either. Give yourself a new day or a new hour or a new minute to change your outlook and make positive choices for yourself and others around you.

    God bless you. I pray you know his peace and joy this holiday season.

    Answer by tiggermom803 at 2:25 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • I think it is common for many people. If your life is not going well, the holidays seem to amplify the situation. It is also hard if you live anywhere in the US that is above a line drawn from LA to Atlanta. Not enough sunlight to maintain vitiman D levels on your own. Look into a suplement.

    Answer by salexander at 12:13 PM on Nov. 16, 2009