Coping with Holiday Depression
There’s something very rare and very real when people who struggle with depression open up and share their struggles around coping with holiday depression.
As a recovering depressed person, I can always tell if the discussion is clinical and factual or if it is coming from the heart or the gut… There’s a pain that comes with depression that you can’t pretend.
I am always reading about depression; depression and food, depression and exercise, depression and state of mind thinking, etc. Today I read a really good article written by Kasandra Brabaw. In the article she shares the experiences of four women with depression at holiday time. One writes:
People often joke about the suffocating holiday spirit that seems to hit store shelves earlier and earlier each year. Sometimes, you’ll find a giant plastic Santa in your local drugstore before the turkey has even been carved on Thanksgiving Day. With the Christmas carols, the cheesy Hallmark movies, and the wallet-busting shopping trips comes family togetherness. For many of us, that means listening to relatives we see once or twice a year argue about politics while we silently wish to be somewhere else.
Another woman writes:
Twenty years ago, Kelly Neff was experiencing a depression so deep she spent several days on her couch, unable to pull herself out of a fog. Yet, she also did her best to hide her depression from her husband and her family. She isolsated herself much as possible: “I was ashamed because I felt I was letting everyone around me down, and I was afraid because I did not understand what was happening to me, so I hid it until I couldn’t anymore. I just wanted to die,” she says.
The article is a good read whether you are depressed yourself or are just trying support a friend or relative who is coping with holiday depression.
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