I Used to Hate the Holiday Season, Especially Christmas…Fighting Depression Demons

by | Dec 3, 2014


8 Signs and Symptoms of Someone Slipping into a Dangerous Depression…

Symptoms of depression can worsen during the holidays…  Quote from this website article by Life-Sight.com…

“Whether someone is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or if they have been struggling to overcome chronic depression for years, dealing with depression is never easy. Understanding the signs and symptoms of depression can help you ensure your loved ones are given the support and assistance necessary to get their lives back on track.  Click on the highlighted link and review the 8 signs and symptoms of someone slipping into a dangerous depression.”


Most of us are familiar with the symptoms of depression these days because of the awareness campaigns, discussions, and conversations all around us at home, work, and play.  What we do mostly is shy away from actually telling loved ones “you may suffer from depression” and encouraging them to seek support.

Symptom #8…Quoted from the referenced website article


“Building a support group for your friend or loved one is important when they are suffering from depression. Gathering their closest and most trusted friends and family members is a way for you to show you are there for them in their time of need.”

I used to retreat from family members and loved ones during holidays, and as a result spoiled these special times for others, who wondered what was wrong with me…  If you are feeling depressed, say so, but do not retreat to your blanket fort.   The “blanket fort”  (click on highlighted Pinterest link) might work for a short time, but it is not an effective treatment for depression, nor is alcohol  or drugs.  After you share your feelings of pain, get to work in the kitchen, play games, watch football, surround yourself with children and laughter.  You will get better almost immediately.  And since depression treatment is a work in progress, seek professional help.  Find a long term alternative treatment strategy that works for you, especially if the treatment involves making a difference for others, including using your creative talents to help the greater good…  This is the journey of healing that effectively fights back depression and keeps pain at a safe distance.

Writing this blog today is one very important part of my own treatment strategy for anxiety and depression.  Once becoming completely aware of my own symptoms, I have been able to keep the pain mostly at a safe distance…it is harder work during the holidays.  Researching and writing my book was the beginning of my own life long healing process.  Keeping loved ones and close friends in the loop has also been critical.  I don’t spoil holidays for everyone else anymore.  I love Christmas!  It is never too late to confront the demons of depression and anxiety.

Happy Holidays!

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…   Click on the highlighted text for my author page…


About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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