It’s hard to have a holly, jolly Christmas when nearly 1 in 5 adults struggles with mental and emotional issues. Discover which ones are most common during the holiday season.
Shorter days and plummeting temperatures indicate the holiday season is finally here. But this most wonderful time of the year isn’t all mistletoe and jingle bells for everyone. The holidays can also trigger a range of mental and emotional issues.
The holiday blues are very much a real phenomenon. There is a lot of societal pressure for people to act merry and celebratory around the clock. Although many put on a happy face to spread good tidings and cheer, it’s often a mask. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 24% of adults diagnosed with a mental illness say their condition is “a lot” worse during the holidays. Another 40% experience “somewhat” worsening symptoms.