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Anxiety in the Holidays

Anxiety in the Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, for most people this is a time of family gatherings, parties and enjoyment. However, for an ever increasing minority, this is a time not for enjoyment, but a time of high anxiety. This anxiety is often brought on by a sense of loneliness and depression which the holidays only manages to increase rather than decrease. Though there is a push for mental health awareness, there is still a woefully inadequate response to some of our most basic needs.

Loneliness is a huge issue which is only getting worse rather than better. This loneliness issue is not confined to the elderly as once thought, but it effects all ages, sexes, races and creeds. Human contact is something that we all need. After all, human beings are social creatures, it is a great shame that there are people who lack that most basic human need often through no fault of their own. The holidays simply push this issue to the fore. 

Therapy has a part to play here, but so does society. In a civilised society can it really be right that some of our citizens are emotionally dying simply because they are lonely? I think not, maybe we should all make a point to trying to address this in any way we can. It is after all the human thing to do. 

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