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Holiday Blues – Unmet Expectations
Holidays are a time of celebration and family. Expectations are high as we look forward to experiencing something good in life. However, sometimes these expectations are not fully realized. Holidays for some people, can be a time of grief, sadness and loss. As a result, the holidays can serve as a trigger for an episode of feeling “blue” or depressed. Anniversaries of significant events like the loss of a parent or even your own health can serve as a trigger as well.
Everybody has felt blue or sad at some point in their life, but these feelings for some, can be experienced as a very intense episode of depression. During these times if you or somebody you know is experiencing a severe episode of depression, then seeking help may be necessary.
Please look at the attached document for a review of Holiday Blues and where you can seek help.
Mark Freedman, MA, LCSW
Thurston-Mason BHO, Administrator
- Grief and the Holidays (www.grief.com)
- Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
- Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress (MedlinePlus)
- The holiday season can bring uninvited guests—anxiety, stress, and depression. But, MedlinePlus is available to help. Text MP Health to 468311 or click here to sign-up for weekly messages sent directly to your phone.
- You’ll receive text messages on managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during this holiday season. Text MP Health to 468311
- The Truth About Holiday Spirits: How to Celebrate Safety This Season