Christmas is full of hope: happy in every way, having fun, feeling comfortable with family, connecting with other people, having the desire to celebrate, making gifts … However, there are people who do not carry out all these rituals well and can experience emotions negative According to the World Health Organization, 44% of the population suffers from current symptoms of anxiety, depression or sadness.
"For people who suffer from these symptoms, it is a challenge to face these dates and the key is to set appropriate goals and adapt to various scenarios. In this way, to help overcome situations that cause them the most stress, it is important to understand them, be aware of their boundaries and respect their rules.", Said Marta López, Medical Manager of Spanish Cigna E-Health.
Some disorders that can be suffered or worsened by the arrival of Christmas:
Christmas blues or white depression. More than a nuisance, it is a state of negative thought produced by a series of external stimuli and whose symptoms are identified through sadness, nostalgia, lack of appetite, sleep disorders, anxiety and stress. Older adults or those who grieve over the death of someone close to them are most likely to suffer from this mental imbalance.
Some tips to help fight it: allow these people to take active part in scheduled events, involve them in current activities (choosing or wrapping gifts), urging them to make the main toast, inserting pieces of music related to happy memories, remind them how important they are to the family …
Compulsive shopping Even though it's not a problem that appears on Christmas, they are the date oniomania gets worse. Those who suffer fail to understand this action as a fun activity or as something that is needed to fulfill needs, and continue to do it compulsively and for no apparent reason.
The people most exposed to this addiction are young people who are in the formation and development stage, where social acceptance and being part of a group is very important.
Eating behavior disorders. People with anorexia are very scared at this time of the year because the celebration revolves around a table full of high-calorie foods. This is also not easy for those who suffer from bulimia or binge eating syndromes, because, due to the strong exposure to large amounts of food, they are more susceptible to overeating parties.
Social phobia For those who suffer from constant fear or disproportionate anxiety in relation to one or more social situations, Christmas and New Year are very critical periods. Social phobia is an anxiety disorder in which people are afraid to suffer embarrassing situations in public or find themselves in places where they can be observed or judged.
Fear of loud noise. People who suffer from ligophophobia or phonophobia feel disproportionate and irrational fear of loud noises, such as firecrackers, rockets, balloons, opening champagne bottles, etc., when they know that they will appear without control and in an unexpected way. The main evidence of this disorder is a panic attack or anxiety crisis.
How to help those who suffer? Experts recommend: motivating them to know the objects that produce loud sounds, encouraging them to try to imitate the sounds that bother them when they listen to them, or encourage them to focus on identifying the types of sounds, how long they last, the level of interference, etc.
Afraid of being touched. Dominated as afhenfosphobia, this disorder refers to constant, abnormal, and unjustifiable fear when touched. This is an acute exaggeration of the normal tendency to protect one's own space, for fear of contamination or invasion. This is not limited to strangers, but fear can also be served to contact someone famous.