Depression before and after Christmas, a rare occurrence? Not really, in fact. Right in the most festive period of the year, one that runs from mid-December to early January, the lighting and gifts, trees and family meals, the risk of becoming a victim of Christmas depression seems to be the stars, at least according to the statistics of the experts . For if those who already suffers from depression and is in conflict with the happiness collective could have repercussions and attacks even more important than usual, even those who never showed depressive symptoms is not safe. Here is some useful information on the symptoms of depression before and after Christmas and on what to do .

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When the holidays sadden

When the lights that color the streets, trees decked that illuminate the houses and shops, packages, ribbons and sequins that give an air of dreamy to many corners of the city create a sense of restlessness, accentuate a void that has always tried to hide. Because the people who are already suffering from depression, more or less clear, during the Christmas season are likely to sink into a kind of abyss that is sadness and loneliness . Yes, because being surrounded by happiness and collective euphoria for many people it can mean, rather than feeling enveloped by love and joy, accentuate the empty nest syndrome , worse loneliness and sense of malaise. A malaise that can turn into a sense of depletion and deteriorate further when the holidays are over and all the Christmas lights go out.

All symptoms

The main symptoms, when it comes to depression before and after Christmas, ranging from headaches to sadness , from listlessness to fatigue that threatens to interfere with every gesture or daily affair. Do not underestimate the lack of appetite and instinct, oddly frequent, to cry . If the classic reaction, on Christmas morning, is to rush out of bed to discover the gifts under the tree, the victim of depression, probably, will see and perceive this simple spontaneous gesture like a rock hard to overcome.

What do

Psychological support, by a psychotherapist experienced, may be the best solution, to investigate the true causes of depression, to dissect the discomfort and try to solve it. But even small steps everyday can help. First, it is useful, during the holiday season, carve out time for yourself to listen and devote a little to themselves, allowing himself rest breaks and relax, away from the hustle and commitments. Equally important is to scale down its expectations, shaking off a bit of stress, perhaps by organizing what to do day to day, with a little’ in advance, to avoid the anxiety of having to do everything in a rush at the last minute.