Holiday Depression & Anxiety

Festivities, family reunions and joyful celebrations are all part of the holidays, but for many people, the holiday season can also bring anxiety and depression. 

There are several ways that friends and family members can help their loved one who may be experiencing anxiety or depression during the holidays. Read on to see how you can help. 
Q&A: Brylin Behavioral Health
Seasonal Affective Disorder & Holiday Depression
We recently spoke with Mark J. Nowak, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, about depression and seasonal affective disorder. 

Q: Why do people suffer from holiday depression?
Many factors can contribute to “holiday depression”—the inability to be with one's family and friends, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, financial constraints, the demands of shopping, parties, family reunions, and house guests can all be contributing factors to feelings of anxiety and depression during or after the holiday season.

NAMI Family Support Group – Southtowns
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