‘Lunar New Year holiday syndrome’ a concern: medics

INQUISITIVE RELATIVES: Try to reduce awkward encounters by planning ahead, or by avoiding home visits if all else fails, two physicians advise

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 28, 2020
By: Lai Hsiao-tung  /  Staff reporter

Prolonged questioning by relatives can lead to “Lunar New Year holiday syndrome,” causing depression, panic attacks and sleeplessness, two experts said.

However, symptoms of the syndrome can also appear before and after the Lunar New Year holiday, such as physical pains from pre-holiday housecleaning bouts, said Chang Tzyh-chyang (張自強), director of Bali Psychiatric Center’s occupational therapy department.

After the holiday, some people might have trouble focusing on their jobs and at school, experience a lack of energy or motivation and report headaches, stomachaches and other physical ailments, Chang said.

These symptoms usually gradually ease as people resume their normal schedules, but if they persist to where they are severely affecting your life or interactions with others, then medical advice should sought, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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