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Winter holidays can be relaxing; but if you or a loved one has a tendency towards anxiety or depression, can increase during this time of year.

You can imagine the impact on a family when a child has a strong fear of heights. It can mean that the family cannot visit with friends or relatives that live in bigger buildings, or that the family changes locations for holidays to avoid airplanes or hotels with many floors. Keeping a parent close by can ease a child’s fear, but that can result in difficulty when separating to attend school and other activities. The child begins to worry about not having a parent close by to help them manage that fear. As routines and plans change to limit the fearful experiences, the level of concern for the whole family can grow.