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The ‘Experts’ Tell Us That Christmas Is The Most Depressing Time Of The Year – Do You Agree?

holiday-season-public-domainFor many people, the holiday season is the most dreaded time of the year. But does it have to be that way? The holidays can be a real pressure point because they tend to magnify our problems. If you are a very busy person, it is likely that you are even busier and more stressed for time during December. If your family relationships are strained, this time of the year can be really tough because there is pressure to interact with family. Other people that feel a deep sense of loneliness often find that it becomes even deeper and more intense around Christmas. And more than anything else, so many people feel like they are missing out on something because their holidays never seem to match up with the glittering ideal that is constantly portrayed in the movies and on television. We are a deeply unhappy nation anyway, but this time of the year just seems to make it even worse.

The truth is that there are a lot of people out there that can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over. If you can believe it, one survey found that 45 percent of us actually dread the holiday season. The following is an excerpt from a Psychology Today article

We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience the highest incidence of depression. Hospitals and police forces report the highest incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.

A different survey found a similar result. According to that survey, 48 percent of all men say that they “feel depressed or sad” around Christmas…

Amid pressures to be “merry” and “happy”, nearly half of men admit that they actually feel depressed or sad over Christmas, a study by the Samaritans has revealed.

Out of 140 people polled by an online survey, 48 percent of men said they feel low in December with 45 percent saying their worries were the most troubling during the festive period compared to any other time of the year.

But of course it isn’t like we are a happy bunch the rest of the year either. It has been reported that the number of Americans formally diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20 percent every year, and at this point about one out of every six Americans is on an anti-depressant or some other kind of psychiatric drug…

The number used to be one in ten, but according to new data, one out of every six adult Americans is taking anti-depressants or some other type of psychiatric drugs now.

What that breaks down to is “Overall, 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013,” according to research published today in Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine.

Those are absolutely staggering numbers, and the epidemic is the worst among middle age women. It may be hard to believe, but at this point one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

And once you get on these drugs you tend to stay on them for a very long time. One study found that more than 84 percent of the people on these drugs get them refilled at least three times a year.

Getting off these drugs is not easy, but staying on them indefinitely can be absolutely debilitating.

When are we going to recognize that we have a serious national crisis on our hands? Nobody disputes that we are the most drugged people on the entire planet by a very wide margin. Incredibly, Americans account for only five percent of the global population, but we consume more than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs.

What is wrong with us?

According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans take antidepressants right now, and it has been reported that health professionals in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants every year.

If we are not depressed, then why are we taking so much antidepressant medication?

Of course the truth is that we are deeply depressed as a nation, and there are many out there that have decided to medicate themselves. In the United States today, 60 million people abuse alcohol and another 22 million people abuse illegal drugs.

So why are we so unhappy?

Well, there are lots of reasons, but one of the big ones is the breakdown of the family.

The only two countries that have a higher divorce rate than the United States are Belarus and the Maldives. When it comes to marriage we are a dramatic failure as a nation, but nobody seems to be making fixing our marriages a major national priority.

We also have the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet, and this leads to a tremendous amount of loneliness.

Our wealth and technology have allowed us to become more isolated than ever before, but that is not a good thing. A century ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

When you start seeing these numbers, it starts making sense why we are all so deeply depressed.

And fewer Americans than ever are choosing to get married and start families. According to a Pew Research Center survey, only 51 percent of all adults in the United States are married.

But all the way back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in this country were married.

So what is the answer?

Well, you don’t need to immediately run out and get married and start a family in order to be happy. In fact, some of the unhappiest people in the entire world are married.

And you aren’t going to find happiness in Christmas traditions either. You won’t find happiness by buying bigger and better Christmas presents, you won’t find happiness by watching more movies about Santa Claus, and you definitely won’t find happiness in a tree.

In the end, what we are all craving is love and connection. If you have pleasant holiday memories, they invariably involve other people. That is because we were created to love and to be loved, and when we get away from that we start to get into trouble.

The greatest need in our world today is love. If you feel as though there is not a lot of love in your life right now, ask yourself how much love you have been giving to others.

Often it is the people that give the most love that end up receiving the most love. So if you want more love in your life, start reaching out and loving others.

If you endeavor to become a person of great love, you will become happier not only during the holiday season, but during every other time of the year as well.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

  • Rusty Nale

    Ask any disabled vet. Family won’t have anything to do with him, all his friends are dead, the fed.gov would rather he died…yeah, it’s pretty depressing.

  • Richard

    “If you can believe it, one survey found that 45 percent of us actually dread the holiday season.”

    And what if I cannot believe it? Does that mean the statistic is not true?

    • Guest

      Of course not, Richard.

      You seem to be very unhappy.

  • cheeseburger with fries

    Watch Super Size Me and you’ll know why people are depressed.
    You are what you eat.

  • DJohn1

    Christmas was always a happy season for me until many years ago after 15 years of marriage and 3 kids, my wife walked out on me. This is ancient history for me now. 11 years after I was divorced I found a woman that fit me and Christmas became Christmas for me again. Finding your life mate makes all the difference in the world.
    I did not realize how bad it had been until our first Christmas married together and we went to visit her family on Christmas Eve. We all exchanged presents and had a Christmas dinner together. It was a Christian home and the love and warmth was very apparent and uplifting. The Church service was also great that evening.
    I understand what it is to be single and middle aged and basically depressed and lost. The good Lord found me a mate and we have been married for 21 years.
    That eleven years was a sad time in my life. It was also a crazy time.
    You go through a grief process when you are betrayed with a divorce.
    The very best thing that you can do for yourself is to become a true Christian. That means letting go the harm that has been done to you and seek no retribution and let go of the hate that comes from what has happened to you.
    Let Jesus and God handle it instead. You forgive and turn loose of it.
    You are starting over and there is no room for hatred if you are sincerely becoming a Christian.
    Very good article, Michael.
    What we have to change is the attitude of ME FIRST that goes on in our modern world. So many people know something is wrong with their lives but they have no idea what it is that leaves them so depressed.
    We have to relearn balance in our relationships. When one party is doing 85% of the work in a marriage and the other is doing 15% the one doing the least will leave and blame the one working the hardest.
    What will happen is the relationship will break. The relationship will seek balance where it is 50-50. That is often with a divorce.
    People that violate their marriage vows given in a church of God are basically contract breakers and basically promise breakers. These same people tend to marry again and again and again.
    They never do find happiness.
    At least most of them don’t.
    Christmas is a very special time of year.

    For those not right with themselves or with their God it is a time when things get very sad.

    • iris

      Great comment! Knowing and receiving God’s love for us in Christ, really does change our understanding of life and how we view ourselves and others.

    • iris

      Great comment! Knowing and receiving God’s love for us in Christ, really does change our understanding of life and how we view ourselves and others.

    • apeiron

      Over 70% of divorces are initiated by the wife…no fault divorce has to go if we are to begin to correct the social pathology in America. Marriage, in it’s current state, is a no win situation for men when the wife can take the children & a considerable amount of the husband’s wealth just because.

      • “Over 70% of divorces are initiated by the wife”

        Sheesh, we need to sit down as a nation and ask how we can turn these husbands into something worth staying married to, amirite, fellas? No, seriously though — divorce courts (and to a lesser degree, family courts) side against the person bringing the divorce action. A thrice-divorced neighbor of ours who happens to also BE a divorce attorney told my husband if he ever wanted to divorce me, that HE should start acting like {bleep} until I can’t stand it anymore and wait for ME to file for divorce. This would ensure my husband (or any husband) would get treated better than I/the wife would. (Happily my husband came right inside and told me immediately what that jerkface said, lol.)

        “Marriage […] no win situation for men […] wife can take the children & a considerable amount of the husband’s wealth”

        Well, the great news there is that the fathers who pursue custody, get custody they ask for. People who ain’t so hot at math (or logic in general) hear the TRUE FACT that most kids of divorce go to live with mom, but they don’t realize that in 85% of custody cases, the decision for kids to go live with mom is a JOINT DECISION made equally by both parents out-of-court. In the other remaining 15% of cases where custody is actually fought over in court, fathers receive the custody they ask for over 50% of the time. (And unrelated, but worth mentioning is that any parent — mother or father — who makes negative claims against the other parent such as “abuse”, neglect, violence, drunkenness, sleeping around, etc., is seen as the trouble-making parent and courts rule against them rather than believe them. This is for anyone who thinks it’d be good to tell lies against the other partner in the hopes that you get better custody. Don’t; it won’t go well for you. Courts are on to the trick.)

        Lastly, in the United States a divorcing wife is only entitled to the identical percentage as her soon-to-be ex: 50%. A pair divorce, she gets half of everything, he gets half of everything. She gets half of his retirement, he gets half of her retirement benefits. In my state as well as Texas, Minnesota, NY, and Arizona, a divorcing couple who have a house must either sell the home and split proceeds equally, OR if one of the two wants to keep the home, s/he has the option of buying the other spouse out (paying him/her 50% of the home’s value). It’s probably the same in most states. Anyone who b!tches that a “woman takes a man’s stuff” should remember that the man takes her stuff too. Go fight for equal pay if you dislike the fact that the husband has more income to take!

    • clintons killed 110+

      “Finding your life mate makes all the difference in the world.”
      That’s biological programming due to testosterone & estradiol produced in the gonads. The DNA is comparable to computer hardware, the hormones are the software.

  • AverGo

    Pagan traditions of man. Not Biblical at all. Research it before answering or defending it.

    • Guest

      The author is not defending the holiday known as X-mas. He knows what it’s really about. You need watch a Youtube video that he put up many years ago called “The Christmas Conspiracy: The Pagan Origins of Christmas.” Google that exact title, and it will the first link that comes up.

      • AverGo

        That’s good, so many are deceived by mainstream church, RRC, FreeMasons etc. thought it was needed to point out, as many continue to complain that they are taking it away.

        • Guest

          What’s RRC?

          • AverGo

            Sorry RCC

    • BeenThere

      Right on. Commercialising it hasn’t helped either.

  • Hoi Polloi

    No way!

  • pot stops parkinsons

    The low vitamin D (sunshine) in winter causes depression.
    I can copy part of my book later but busy now.

    Also androgens from male organs have a BIG mental effect.

  • Pete Okuhira

    I disagree to a certain extent of why people are being depressed in this country. I believe that the number one reason why people are being depressed is because of rejection from a society. People from all walks of life,even in the political situations whether it be liberalism or conservatism, people judge on others of their looks, sexual orientation, age, lack of charisma, popularity, ethnic background, religious beliefs, pop culture (trends that people are into) and so on. More and more people are judgmental and they mostly thinks about themselves, their family and their friends, but not about others. When trying to make friends, other people tends to shy away or be vigilant because of these social injustices. It’s no wonder that more and more young people are posting on their Facebook stating “F### people!” or “humans are the worst enemies among us. Furthermore, more and more young people, especially teenagers adores and loves animals more than humans. In fact, those teens talks negatively about people and more positively about animals.