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Unrealistic holiday expectations can lead to seasonal depression

Feeling down this holiday season?
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Posted at 8:56 AM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 13:33:08-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — There are many pressures and expectations that come with the holidays and for many this time of year can stir up a range of unwanted emotions.

Dr. Beth Creel is a grief specialist here in the Las Vegas valley. She said the holidays can bring back sad memories for those dealing with grief. Creel says not everyone will understand your pain and it's important for others to treat everyone with respect and compassion.

“I think loss is a very personal journey and not quite sure that there will be any words of wisdom that someone can give that hasn’t experienced loss," Creel said.

Creel recommends that you write down what you can and can't do this holiday season.

If you feel as if going to holiday parties or shopping inside crowded malls is not a good idea, don't go.

Creel said take time for yourself and set boundaries.