Holiday season means depression for many people - Do you know any of these people?
Posted Nov 28 2009 10:40am
The upside of the holidays is that they bring families together for warm and happy memories, with presents and visits and family fun. For many others however, the whole period of time between Thanksgiving and New Year's eve can be pure pain and depression.
Do you know anyone like this? If so, please reach out to them and spend some time at least trying to help them through it.
Real old folks with mighty health and longevity can be among the most depressed, especially if they are no longer in their homes. Nursing homes are full of these people, and they will let you in to visit these folks if you are willing.
I have a friend who sings to people at nursing homes all over our city, and he tells me the stories. Some people have outlived their children. Others have family, but they ignore them during the holiday time. Still others are just lonely at the holiday time because close friends are passed on and thoughts and memories of times they had make them depressed.
Many other people of all ages hit a depression for many reasons. Some are quite young, like teens who experience relationship issues. Lost jobs is a huge cause of depression right now. Think a bit and you will be able to identify someone in your circle of friends and family who might need to go out for coffee or just spend some time talking.
We are all busy during this time of the year, whether we have money to spend or not. It tends to take a toll on us in the form of stress and other people's expectations, fast schedules and all of it. Depression is a bad condition and if someone you know is there, please reach out and do some little thing for them.
It is really not that hard to do. Just takes a committment.