Patient Comments: Holiday Depression and Stress - Causes and Triggers

Is it a lack of money or the loss of a loved one? What triggers the holidays blues for you?

Comment from: Danae W., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I grew up extremely poor and with a violent, mentally ill alcoholic dad, so a vast majority of my childhood Christmas memories are anything but happy. Now we're removed from that dysfunction, but still struggle with money, and I obsess on making each Christmas for my kids everything I always wanted but never had. Then I feel guilty that it's not enough. It never feels like enough.

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Comment from: rascus2010, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

It is the loss of my entire family.

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