ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's the holiday season, but not everyone's holiday will be filled with tidings of comfort and joy.
Albany Biblical Counseling Center's Executive Director David Smith said holiday depression is real and can come in several different forms.
For some, a significant loss can trigger emotions.
"There's the death of a relative or friend, the loss of a job, even someone who gets in trouble with the law," explained Smith.
And for some people that loss can take an emotional toll, whether it's mild discouragement or deep depression.
"It's always going to be emotional when you have a relationship with someone and you're at a gathering and they're not there," he said.
Some people may not be dealing with a loss this year, but could still be fighting the holiday blues. The executive director said some people may feel as if they have to live to certain expectations during the holidays, like spending money they don't have at the time.
"Then December 26 comes and the tree and decorations come down, and people get really, really down," said Smith.
Fortunately, there are some ways for people to fight the holiday depression period.
Smith said those dealing with a loss shouldn't keep to themselves. They should be social and get out of the house.
"Get them among as many people as you can, like those who encourage them and show them value," said Smith.
And for those individuals who are trying to "keep up with the Joneses," Smith said to find other ways to give during this time of year.
"What are some simple things that you can do? Can you write a letter? Make cards? Have your kids make something for the grandparents, instead of buying them an outfit," said Smith.
For those who need someone to talk to about holiday depression, call the Albany Biblical Counseling Center at 229-431-3101.
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