This month I had the honor of partnering with Healthline on how to face depression and anxiety during the holidays. Here are some steps that may help you manage situational sadness or grief this holiday season. ❤️
Going toe to toe with anxiety or depression on any day of the year is difficult enough. Pile on the spirited air of holiday cheer, and what should be a time of merriment and magic, for many, only creates deeper emotional dissonance.
And it’s that dissonance that make you aware that your mental state and emotions are measurably out of touch with the world around you. Especially when you’re experiencing deep loss, the lows of mental illness, or distance from loved ones, the winter season takes a highlighter to underlying sorrows.
Is it sorrow or seasonal depression?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is a type of major depressive disorder tied to the changes in season and neurochemical imbalances in the brain. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States experience SAD. As much as 20 percent may have a mild form. SAD is more common among women and young adults.
However, it’s important to understand that there’s an identifiable difference between seasonal depression and what I would term “situational sadness”…