We’re already so close to `the most wonderful time of the year`, the time that happily brings all families together. But how many of you think that right under your nose, someone might suffer from a seasonal affective disorder?
According to Psychology Today, about 45% of people admit that holidays make them depressed or even angry, mainly because of the unspoken standard that says everything should be perfect on Christmas – the gifts, the relationships, the activities, the dinner.
Depression is more than just a bad mood, specialists say. It comes with constant rumination, making one focus solely on distress and negative emotions, headaches, insomnia, overeating and overdrinking.
The causes are as vast as the symptoms. Holiday depression can be triggered by almost anything, from work stress, faulty relationships, unfulfillment or unrealistic expectations, financial stress, loneliness.
Dr Sarah Jarvis talks about what holiday depression is, how it acts and how it can be prevented. Watch below her advices on how to deal with the most `stressful time of the year`: