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Random Christmas Polls: 17. The Christmas Blues 
22nd-Dec-2013 01:30 pm
HomoXmas
I've had to repost this poll because before I had mistakenly made it so only friends could vote. I've also changed it so that individual answers to how you voted will not be visible.

depression-at-christmas

For many people, Christmas is a time of sadness. Do you feel sad or depressed at Christmas?

Yes, it's a regular problem for me
8(21.6%)
Some years (and unfortunately this is one of them)
9(24.3%)
Some years (but fortunately not this year)
8(21.6%)
No, I've been lucky enough to be spared this problem
12(32.4%)


Depression
Comments 
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23rd-Dec-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
I can't vote because I don't feel lucky to have been "spared" this problem, because on this side of the world it isn't winter so seasonal affective disorders don't affect us as much; I get stressed/depressed around the Lunar New Year period because that's the holiday to which we go home to our families in my culture (which I've been rejecting for the most part of my life) and I hate it that I'm expected to go back and criticized when I don't go back to my extremely toxic and abusive "family".
23rd-Dec-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
The question isn't really about seasonal (as in winter) depression, it's intended to be about Christmas depression. Many people become very sad due to a number of issues, such as loneliness, social anxiety, having to deal with dysfunctional families, financial pressures or financial insecurity, to list just a few. I feel badly for you for having to spend time around a family that doesn't accept you. I avoid much of my family for the same reason.
27th-Dec-2013 02:47 am (UTC)
This was a hard Christmas for me and my family. Normally I equate Christmas with happy memories and nothing but lovely things, but my husband lost his father about 2 months ago and I found this Christmas a really hard one to get through.
27th-Dec-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this comment. I think it is a good thing for people to know that they're not alone when they don't match the commercial stereotype about Christmas. I think the more "normal" reaction to Christmas is that it is a time when many of us think about those we loved who are no longer with us.
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