CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The holidays can be an exciting time, but for some people it's also overwhelming.
"There's a lot going on, there's a lot to do. I think we put extra pressure on ourselves to be perfect during the holidays," said Beverly Stoner, a license clinical social worker with Presbyterian Healthcare.
Stoner says the holidays can create anxiety and lead to depression.
Sometimes a job loss or the recent death of a family member can add to the holiday blues.
For others like high school senior Kiera Sandifur, fighting depression is an ongoing battle and family gatherings cause more stress.
"Sometimes they might want to fight it depends on what they came for," said Sandifur.
She's one of nearly 19 million Americans suffering from clinical depression at any given time.