Holiday Depression and Anxiety Treatment

The holiday season is a time of joy for most individuals.   The winter holidays offer a chance to see family and friends and share thoughts about how thankful everyone is for this special chance to be together. 

But for many people, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and other winter holidays represent a stressful time – a period that is accompanied by dread and anxiety rather than joy and happiness.   Holiday depression and anxiety disorder treatment can help those individuals who struggle during this time by providing real-world solutions for coping with the issues and identifying strategies for dealing with depression and conflict with loved ones.

Signs and Symptoms of Holiday Depression and Anxiety

There are several hallmark signs and symptoms of holiday depression that most individuals with the disorder exhibit in the months leading up to holidays and throughout the holiday season.  They include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by holiday-related responsibilities
  • Feeling depressed about one’s personal finances
  • A propensity to getting into arguments with loved ones over past issues (especially those experienced at previous holiday gatherings)
  • Depression and sadness that begins before Thanksgiving and last through the end of December.
  • Withdrawal from friends and family during festive occasions.
  • Substance abuse issues that grow more intense during the holiday months including increased alcohol consumption and the use of depressive or opiate-based drugs.

Holiday depression means different things to different people, and as such many will experience different signs and symptoms during this time of year.

Tips for Coping with Holiday Depression

There are several simple strategies that individuals can employ in an effort to stave off anxiety and depression during the holidays, including:

  • Set more realistic expectations for the holidays – in everything from family relationships to gift-giving.
  • Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum during the holidays.   Drinking only aggravates the depression that many with this condition will experience during the winter months.
  • Don’t reminisce about the past.  Excessive focus on “how great the good old days” were will only cause the individual to be disappointed in the present day.
  • Delegate responsibilities.  For many people, holiday stress stems from taking on too much of the responsibility themselves.  Work with other members of the family to spread out the responsibilities associated with holiday planning.

Seeking Help Through Holiday Depression Treatment

If the coping strategies above fail to keep the individual from feeling depressed and anxious through the holidays, professional help is a wise option.  Counselors who specialize in season depression can help the individual understand the root causes of their problem and help them craft customized solutions for dealing with family, friends and all the responsibilities that come with the holidays.

Although Moonview Sanctuary is located in the tropical climate of Santa Monica, California, the expert counselors there know how to help individuals cope with the holiday season.  Contact Moonview today for more information about their Overcoming Personal Crisis program and ground-breaking work in treating holiday depression and anxiety.




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