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Do Holidays Bring You Down?

Do Holidays Bring You Down?

I just had a birthday last month and didn’t have my brother or sister with me so that brought me down. It is getting close to Thanksgiving and it will be just hubby, me our children and grandchildren and great grand and that brings me down. Ok so then time to put up tree that used to take me part of a day but now because of health it takes parts of many days and that brings me down. Then of course Christmas Eve and Christmas with immediate family no longer any of extended loved ones so guess… read more

posted November 14
A MyDepressionTeam Member

Hello @A MyDepressionTeam Member, wishing a good holiday and did you go to the family thanksgiving dinner? I feel you too, because I am caring for my mother. None of the family visits her. Do the best for you. You took care of Mom and now think about you. It's important.

posted November 26
A MyDepressionTeam Member

@A MyDepressionTeam Member so sorry to read all of this and the ones of us that have families have anxiety and depression and want to stay in another room or completely away from them but disease does this.
I hope that you can get things in order and move close to your sister or where ever you want to be.
Hugs from Alabama!

posted November 27
A MyDepressionTeam Member

I was alone with no family. I lost the last of my family in OH ten years ago. My sister lives in VA and does not ride. I do not like the holidays. I lost my cousin at Thanksgiving ten years ago. I took care of her for over seventeen years. I lost my parents in December ten days apart several years ago. I do not have any husband or children. I did not want a husband due to fact I did not trust men. I was raped several times in my life. I was abused at a child by my father and other men. I am in seventies now but look like I am in my forties. I have three degrees; I am looking for a job so I can move in with my sister. She lives alone and has pulmonary hypertensin disease. I have been trying for seven years to get the money to move but something always happens, COVID, my health or depression and anxiety. and my rent went to $1350 a mth and my income is only $1511. I am trying very hard to find a job so that I can move and get a car. My car was reposed because I could not pay the payments.

posted November 26
A MyDepressionTeam Member

You are not the only one. This time of the year with holidays does so much to me.

posted November 16 (edited)
A MyDepressionTeam Member

The holidays have brought me down for quite awhile. Once my grandparents passed away because they always hosted for Christmas. My mom had been arguing with her sisters about the inheritance. So, because of that, mom wasn't invited to family functions anymore. It put me in a very difficult position. Mom expected me to side with her, which I did, so I was no longer invited to family functions either. So I ended up spending the holidays with just my mom. I was still invited to my dad's side of the family, but I didn't want to leave my mom home by herself.

Now that my mom is gone I'm invited to family functions again. The first Christmas without my mom was during Covid so there was no get together. But since then I haven't gone. I've gone to other functions during the spring, like for Easter. I just have a hard time because my uncle keeps asking me where I'm working now. I've been on disability for 13 years but he keeps forgetting. He is pushing 80 and his memory probably isn't so good anymore. But it's hard for me to deal with sometimes. Everyone has jobs or are retired from long term careers. They have good normal lives. I've always been sort of the black sheep on both sides of my family.

posted November 25

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