Christmas is full of expectations: to be happy at all costs, to have fun, to be in line with the family, to contact with others, to have a desire to celebrate, to give away … However, there are people who do not bring all these rituals can well and can experience emotions negatively According to the World Health Organization, 44% of the population suffers from symptoms of anxiety, depression or sadness at this time.
"For people who suffer from these symptoms, the challenge is to confront these dates and the key will be to set feasible goals and adapt to different scenarios. In this way, in order to cope with the situations that cause the most difficult, it is important to understand, be aware of their limits and respect their rules"Said Martha Lopez, e-Health Medical Officer at Cigna Spain.
Some of the disorders that can suffer or worsen with the advent of Christmas:
Christmas blues or white depression. More than an impairment, it is a negative state of mind produced by a series of external stimuli and whose symptoms are identified through tremendous sadness, nostalgia, lack of appetite, sleep disorders, anxiety, and stress. The elderly or those who complain about the death of someone close to them will likely suffer this mental imbalance.
Some tips to help fight: enable these people to actively participate in the scheduled events, to include them in the activities of this time (to choose or to make gifts), to encourage them to make the main toast, yes put musical works that refer to happy memories, remind them how important they are to the family …
Compulsive shopping Although this is not a problem that appears for Christmas, they are dates on which josomania is getting worse. Those who suffer from it fail to understand this action as a playful activity or as something indispensable to cover the need and continue to do so compulsively and without obvious reason.
The people who are most exposed to this addiction are young people who are in the stage of formation and development, in which social acceptance and belonging to the group are especially important.
Eating disorders. People with anorexia are especially afraid of this time of the year, because the celebrations revolve around the table with high calorie foods. It is also not easy for those suffering from bulimia or overeating syndrome because because of the strong exposure to large amounts of food, they are more vulnerable to overeating.
Social phobia For those who suffer from constant fear or disproportionate anxiety about one or more social situations, Christmas and New Year become a particularly critical period. Social phobia is an anxiety disorder in which people are afraid to suffer humiliating situations in the public or to be found in places where they can be observed or tried.
Fear of loud noises. People who suffer from ligophophobia or phonophobia feel disproportionate and irrational fear of loud noises such as firecrackers, rockets, balloons, removing a bottle of champagne, etc. When they know that they will appear without their control in an unexpected way. The main evidence of this disorder is panic or anxiety crisis.
How to help those who suffer? Experts recommend: to motivate them to know objects that produce loud sounds, to encourage them to imitate the sounds they bother while listening to them, or to encourage them to focus on identifying the types of noise, how long they last, the level of anxiety, etc.
Fear to touch. Denominated as afenphosphophy, this disorder refers to a persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of touching. It is an acute exaggeration of the normal tendency to protect its own space, due to fear of contamination or invasion. It is not limited to foreigners, but fear can also present itself to contact with someone who is well-known.