Struggling this Holiday Season?
Everyone is happy during the holiday season…except those who aren’t.
For people who have experienced loss, trauma, or estrangement from their families, the holidays can be a difficult time of year. Some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder when the days become shorter. If you or someone you know is struggling this holiday season, the articles below might help. We also have a display in the Reference Room on the second floor.
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American Cancer Society Coping with Grief During the Holidays
CDC Grief and Loss
Mayo Clinic Grief and Loss Throughout the Holiday Season
National Institute of Mental Health Seasonal Affective Disorder
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Coping with Grief after a Disaster or Traumatic Event
The Washington Post
- Author Deepak Chopra tells us how to stay happy during the holidays. Hint: It’s not the eggnog.
- How to Grieve Estranged Family and Friends During the Holidays