Single and Alone: The Season of Depression
For many people, the holiday season is a time of joy and happiness. But for some, it’s just a reminder of how alone they are. They dread this time of year because of all the commercialism, the bad memories, and the overwhelming sense of loneliness. Depression and anxiety can be constant companions during the holidays. And many wish they could just sleep from October to January and avoid it all. And of course, the lack of sunshine that accompanies winter only makes it all worse.
The commercialism is everywhere. Christmas music starts playing in stores and on the radio in November and doesn’t stop until after New Years. Every TV commercial is trying to sell something that you don’t need or perhaps can’t afford. Seeing happy families gathered around the table just makes feelings of aloneness more present, more real. Some don’t have any family left and their friends are all busy with their own families. They spend most holidays alone.
Depression and anxiety can be constant companions during the holidays for those who are alone. The thought of facing another holiday season alone is just too much to bear sometimes. It’s hard to find joy in anything when you’re feeling this way.
Know that you are not alone in feeling this way. There are other people out there who dread the holidays for one reason or another. If you’re struggling this holiday season, especially if you’re single and alone, please reach out for help. There are resources available if you need someone to talk to. You don’t have to face this alone.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Samaritans: 1-877-870-4673
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-442-4673
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255