Longtime readers are familiar with my ongoing struggle with Alcoholism. The holiday season, from mid-November through early January, is one of the most difficult for me to get through.
Not only do we have to put up with the usual day-to-day stress in our professional and personal lives, but all the added issues that the various end-of-year holidays bring up.
There's the constant temptations of holiday parties, many with open bars. I'm up to 5 already in the next few weeks, between firm events I have to attend, important clients we need to keep happy, and critical vendors we must maintain good relations with.
Then there's the kicker: Seasonal Affective Disorder, which I've suffered from during the holiday season ever since childhood, and stampedes through one side of the family. It kicks in the first time I hear one of those ubiquitous holiday songs, and lasts until sometime in early January. Antidepressants take the edge off sometimes, but not entirely.
Take a warning from one who knows (me): Be careful this time of year. Our occupation has a high rate of people with alcohol/substance abuse problems, and they really do sneak up on you.