Topic: Family

Dread Journal: I’ve Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

Dread Journal: I've Had A Panic Attack Every Christmas For The Past Five Years

I know I’m not special. I know that the holidays are a god-awful time for everyone, everywhere, and so pretending that my anxiety makes Christmas uniquely unbearable for me and not everyone would be silly. All I can say is that some of my very specific anxieties are triggered by the holidays–more specifically, when I spend them with my extended family. More »

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

Celebrating Family Holidays With Your Imperfect Family

The aggressive good cheer of the holidays affects everyone differently: you can get carried along in a tidal wave of joy and eggnog, or it can remind you of what you don’t have: Cleaver-like parents or a significant other to share it all with, let alone one who lets Jon Hamm talk him or her into buying you a Mercedes. And if you’ve suffered a recent loss in your family, the season can be heartbreaking. More »