The holidays are supposed to be a time for family gatherings, vacations, and giving. However, for many people, teens included, it can be the most stressful time of the year. For teens that are depressed, the holidays can be a nightmarish experience. Unrealistic expectations of merriment and cheer are met with disappointment and alienation. Many teens use this time of the year for binge drinking. Furthermore, suicide rates tend to increase in the winter months. Some feel the financial strain of gift giving, not being able to afford presents for family and friends. Phony revelry and bright lights can only make matters worse.
With this in mind, try to remember the real meaning of the holidays. If you know a teen or someone who is depressed, let them know that they are not alone. If someone is obviously not in the spirit, don’t impose upon them to join in the celebration. Simply, try to talk to them and see if there is anything you can do to help. Remind them that the season will pass and life will return to relative normalcy.