Christmas and Mental Health – What Does the Evidence Tell Us?
Christmas is a wonderful time. That, in itself, is a remarkably complicated sentence.
At first, it often evokes strong reactions from people. Aside from the sociopolitical ramifications of wishing people a “Merry Christmas”, there is the frequently touted issue of holiday blues – the imposition of enjoying forced festivities and after-hours events spending time interacting with people one sees all day, not to mention family feuds and the stress of rushing to create the perfect event. Naturally, one would expect this period to be associated with our worst mental health burden.