11/28/2016 06:03 EST

How To Recognize And Defeat Holiday Depression Triggers

You're not alone.

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of the year, but for many people, it can be a lonely, isolating and stressful experience.

If you're feeling under pressure from all things holiday-related, from family obligations to gift buying, or if you always feel anxious or sad around this time of year, you're definitely not alone.

According to, depression is common during the months of November and December for a variety of reasons including social isolation, grief for a loved one who passed this time of year and seasonal affective disorder.

If you do find yourself feeling sad for long periods of time, talk to your doctor, who can refer you to a mental health specialist. And, if you are having thoughts of suicide, call or find a local crisis centre. If you believe you're a danger to yourself, immediately call 911 or check in to a hospital emergency room.

Watch the video above to learn about the most common causes of holiday time sadness, and how you can conquer them.