It's the most wonderful time of the year -- or is it? The National Institute of Health reported that people experience the highest incidence of depression at Christmas time. The expectations for family gatherings and social interactions are high, and the holiday season is hard on those who are lonely or have lost family members. Others really do adore the holiday season and all the traditions that come with it. Do you think Christmas lives up to the hype?
At the Huffington Post, Carolyn Gregoire says that the holiday blues are a very real thing.
On the plus side: Time off work, day drinking, cookies, presents, roast beast, "The Muppet Christmas Carol," and festive lights everywhere. It's no wonder some people do call it the best time of the year.
10 Reasons Why Christmas Is Hands Down The Best Holiday
But the pressure to be merry all the time really wears on you. For plenty of people, being with family is not a peaceful experience in the least.
Why People Get Depressed at Christmas
In the plus column: MARIAH CAREY.
Buying gifts, preparing meals, planning parties, dealing with family, handling everyone's expectations -- it can be a really stressful time.
Others can't get enough.
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