Year: 2002 Source: Preventing Suicide, v.1, no.3, (December 2002), p.8-9 SIEC No: 20030877

The author argues that the common perception that suicide rates increase over the Christmas season is a myth, & one that is perpetuated by inaccurate media coverage. The role of depression in suicide is discussed, as are conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & social phobia, which may contribute to levels of stress & anxiety, as well as the condition known as “holiday blues.” The treatability & preventability of these disorders are emphasized.