THE SIGNS AND SOLUTIONS OF HOLIDAY DEPRESSION.
For some people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. But for others, they bring a sense of loneliness and pain—especially behind bars. It‘s common for prisoners and their families to experience depression around the holidays, so it‘s important to know the signs and learn the tools to cope.
Dr. Lisa Herman, psychologist and owner of Synergy eTherapy, adds that the things we see on TV or hear on the radio can also make the holidays harder.
“There are so many commercials on TV showing happy, ‘perfect‘ families, and traditionally the holidays are a time of the year focused on family togetherness,” so when you don‘t have that because you are separated by incarceration, “you can feel very alone.”
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