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So I’ve struggled with anxiety and major depression for the majority of my life. And recently, I've been thinking maybe I have ADHD… but that’s for another thread, another time. :verycool_britney_nod_glory_yes_yas_mhmm:
My mental health has been really flimsy the past few years, but in general, it always takes a turn for the worse around Halloween and into the New Year. I have the tendency to isolate, not want to be around people, and just have negative thought patterns about myself and life. I think a lot of it has to do with that fact that I don’t necessarily have an established friend group that I can do holiday-related things with, whether it be Halloween parties, Friendsgiving, Christmas gift exchanges, etc..

Basically, I’m wondering if anyone else deals with worsened mental health during the holidays, and what you do to cope? I’m not necessarily talking about just eating better, drinking water, taking baths, or exercising (which are all important to do anyways [and which I do already]). I guess I’m wondering how or if you put yourself out there in a way that makes the holidays more enjoyable/tolerable.

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On 10/31/2021 at 7:48 PM, JayTawndre said:

I would not expect this from such a confident person like yourself.

I know I may be young… but… I’ve got feelings too. :yasqueen_yes_wow_crying_praise_tears_wipe_sad:

On 10/31/2021 at 7:48 PM, JayTawndre said:

But I totally get it. I can relate. One hundred percent. It gets better. But during the Holidays I am reminded of so many family deaths and how they are not here like my parents, my aunts and uncles, my brother. It is hard :tifftear_miss_ny_new_york_ms_crying_wipe_tears_sad:

That is really tough. I’m sorry the holidays are painful and difficult for you. :crying1_britney_sobbing_tears_2006_sad:

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