Christmas is a time of joy, happiness, and spending time with your loved ones, or it should be. However, for some people it’s a time of anxiety, sadness, or the magic is just lost. As we get older the focus of Christmas changes instead of joy it brings stress and spending all the money on gifts that may or may not be appreciated and dealing with family members we only see once a year (and for good reason might I add!). For some people they spend the holiday alone (often) due to things out of their control and they feel isolated and with that they don’t want to acknowledge or celebrate Christmas. Of course, for some people such as doctors, nurses, and emergency personnel it’s just another day in the office and they spend it trying to make the best out of a bad situation.
A lot of things can impact your mental health but a big one is chronic health conditions. A Chronic health condition is anything that can be defined as lasting over a year and requires ongoing treatment and/or limits your daily activities. Examples of chronic health conditions include things like diabetes, mental illness, consistent pain, skin conditions like eczema, asthma, and allergies. It is estimated that half of all Australians have at least one chronic health condition with many having multiple (the chances of which increase as people age).
A couple of weeks ago we looked at genetic testing regarding mental illness and how it could impact the treatment of mental illness in the future. But it also brought up the question can mental illnesses be genetic? Can you pass down a mental illness onto your kids and in extended families what are the chances of multiple people dealing a mental illness?
The Sydney lockdown is going on longer than expected and if you’re anything like me you will know people who are affected by it. It can be hard to be there for them especially if you’re restricted by state border closures. Even if you’re normally separated by a state border it can feel more restrictive and isolating.