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The "Holiday Blues" Are More Melancholic in the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

November 25, 2020

MERCERVILLE - The holiday season is often associated with a time of being and feeling joyous. However, there are many people who do not feel that way due to their financial and time constraints, coping with challenges in interpersonal relationships, and seasonal changes in eating or sleeping habits - all of which may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during December, which have become known as the "holiday blues." A person could also be experiencing a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD include changes in mood, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating habits and spending less time socializing. People who have SAD usually experience symptoms as winter approaches and the amount of daylight decreases. However, symptoms usually disappear when daylight increases again and when spring returns.

With the holiday season fast approaching and as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, celebrating holiday traditions will be different compared to previous years due to the social isolation, stress and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings during the holiday season typically serve as opportunities to reconnect with family members and friends. Since there are individuals who are especially at risk for contracting COVID-19, many people are choosing not to host or participate in holiday traditions. It can be compounding for people who have SAD or who have experienced the "holiday blues" before. It can also be challenging for those struggling with a substance use disorder or who are in recovery. Overall, it is to be expected that there will be a significant increase of people experiencing the "holiday blues" or symptoms of SAD.

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