Xmas and holiday season

I think it's important to remember that this time of year can be an especially tough time because of family and for the lack of loved ones as well as financially. It should be more about spending quality time than consumerism, but...not quite the case. Due to extended family, I dread the holidays with the exception of a couple close loved ones. I just can't stand two faced, gossipy people. They treated me horribly for years despite my always being there for them. I finally just limited my interactions and going to family functions for my health. I admire my friend being able to get away for the holidays and she's lucky being able to afford to do so. She said that not being around family is something she's looking forward too as well. Also, it's a really lonely time for many especially seniors. If you know of a neighbor or senior that is alone, do a little something for them. This is completely off topic but if there are any readers that could suggest a depression support group, it would be greatly appreciated. This time of year definitely worsens depression significantly for me.

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Anthropology 101

Dec 9, 2018 at 1:56pm

It's cold, it's dark, it's wet, it's gloomy. This is why cultures all over the northern hemisphere have a party at this time of year. Lights, gifts, hanging out with family. Forget all the Christian stuff if you aren't Christian and try to appreciate all the attempts people make to lift each other up.

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Same

Dec 9, 2018 at 5:57pm

I know that I have so very much to be grateful for...and I honestly am...but the prospect of yet another Christmas entirely alone is really making me sad. Oh well, I’m in desperate need of a break so will just try to enjoy it as best I can. I just wanted you to know that you’re not alone. There are many of us in the same situation.

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Pet

Dec 9, 2018 at 6:44pm

I am going to be alone for Christmas. Escaped a NPD Ex and trying to recover. The best depression antidote I know is in the form of a dog or cat. I am watching a dog over the holidays. Look into fostering or watching a pet for someone. Best medicine there is.

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Cmha

Dec 10, 2018 at 9:56pm

Have you tried the Bounce Back program at CMHA?

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What gets me

Dec 11, 2018 at 2:12am

is all the resigned acceptance. One myth to modify another. This is the best we can do? Generational delusion. Give me something real to cling to and fight for and I'll sing to that with joy and believe with all my heart...

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@Cmha

Dec 11, 2018 at 6:53pm

The bounce back program is for people with mild to moderate depression. I have severe treatment resistant depression and have tried many medications, a newer treatment called tms, different therapies, and still in therapy to no avail.....(and a bunch of other chronic health issues including some specialists can't seem to diagnose nor improve)

Sucks and only adds to my depression....

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