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Why Depression at Christmas?

Santa Claus has become the supreme symbol of out-of-control consumerism.

This season was named for Jesus Christ, who taught us to love everyone everywhere. Jesus was an activist for peace and poor people who drove the money changing marketers out of the Temple, and became a martyr for social justice.

Especially for Christians, Christmas should be the happiest time of the year as they celebrate the birth of Jesus with family and friends. But according to the National Institutes of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience the highest incidence of depression. Mental health specialists say there is a significant increase in complaints about depression at Christmas time and a survey revealed that 45% of the depressed respondents feared this most festive time of the year. Health care providers and law enforcement report the highest incidences of suicide and attempted suicide during the Christmas season.

A major reason for depression is that people get angry and regretful at Christmas because of commercial and social pressure to spend too much money on gifts and go further in debt, and attend or host too many parties. Many are depressed due to a victim mentality created by excessive reflection on the inadequacies of life in comparison with other people who seem to have more happiness and possessions. Especially, in our economic crisis, folks feel bad because they can’t afford to buy nice gifts for their family and friends.

With over a trillion dollars budgeted for the military and defense related expenditures in 2011 we should emulate Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus who engaged in civil disobedience and gave their all for peace and poor people. Rather than joining in the excessive commercialism symbolized by Santa, those of us who believe in what Jesus did should love all people and become activists for peace and poor people.



4 Responses to “Why Depression at Christmas?”

  1. Nice article… I copied and pasted and sent to friends and family. thanks and Happy New Year,

  2. […] Read this article: Why Depression at Christmas? « Moral Outrage […]

  3. I am an advocate for this testimony that has been given here. I myself can account for about some 40 or so years of service to my country and have given all people some of the greatest gifts of all completely at my own expense, as well as being a Christian my whole life. The fact that all my services have not returned me a single penny.Losing my marriage and retirement, my job and my personal belongings and 2nd amendment rights. My handgun and about $500.00 worth of ammo and accessories, being arrested and released without a single charge ever filed or prosecuted a snow white record.

  4. I agree with the article. I, personally, believe that we individually make Christmas what it is in our lives. We make that choice, whether it be due to society’s pressure or pressure put upon ourselves. Only we, as individuals, can change that within and around ourselves. If you dwell on negativeness or ‘what will people think of me’ or ‘gee, I have 5,000 parties to go to’ or ‘I must spend 1 million dollars this year on my kids’…well, that’s what you’ve made your Christmas out to be. Change it. I know there are people stronger than others and can do that, but at least try. The best way out of depression is to quit focusing on yourself. I say this as much to me as to everyone suffering with bouts of depression.

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