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Holiday Anxiety and OCD

You're going to see lots of blogs on this topic in the next few weeks. However, we recommend getting a jump on these issues early.

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder? If so, the holidays may cause you to crash. You could find that panic attacks that had been dormant, reemerge. Or compulsions to clean, count, or arrange things uptick to the point you barely have time to do anything else. Sadness may deepen and you're not sure why. For that matter, even if you don't have some type of depression or anxiety disorder, the holidays sometimes create considerable stress and anxiety. Why? Consider these possibilities:



The stress of choosing gifts for people who are impossible to buy for

The stress of deciding how much to spend in an seriously impaired economic climate

The stress of seeing family that bring up painful issues from childhood (one of our favorite cartoons depicts a banner stretching across a huge ballroom declaring something like "Conference of Functional Families" with a single person standing alone in the room reading the sign)/li>

The stress of attempting to prepare a fancy holiday feast, wanting everything to be "perfect"

The stress of being around overly critical family members

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