Patient Comments: Holiday Depression and Stress - Causes and Triggers

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Comment from: Emily, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I live in fear of having to talk to strangers during holiday season. I started to experience anxiety attacks, a racing heart, and feelings of nausea so intense that I avoided socializing in public places like bars and restaurants. It seeped into every aspect of my life, making it impossible to function normally. I don't want to take strong medicines.

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.

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

It is the loss of my entire family.

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