The holidays are stressful for most of us. We’re running around to different events, we’re maxing out our bank accounts on gifts that we don’t even know if the people on our list will like and we’re exhausted.
For many people–some even close to us–the holidays are more than just about feeling overwhelmed. For some, the change in season and the onslaught of holidays can affect moods that goes beyond just feeling anxious or stressed. And remember, the absence of beloved family members and friends–for whatever reason–can add that extra layer of sadness and loneliness.
So is what you’re feeling normal for the season, or does it go deeper?
If you’re feeling irritated or anxious, and even exhausted, it may just be the holiday season. However, if you’re feeling something deeper for extended periods of time, you may be sliding into (or experiencing full-fledged) depression.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you are experiencing a combination of the following you may need to seek professional help for depression:
You you are feeling any of these, contact your physician or a health care provider immediately.
And, just as important? If you see a friend or family member who seems more stressed, quiet or overwhelmed than normal, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Sometimes it just takes one person to ask.
Call Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (212) 673-3000