On the surface people would say joy, happiness, and cheer are the feelings produced during the holiday season but that's not all that's felt this time of year.
As it happens, tis the season to compare- and we aren't talking gifts.
Doctors say that tweens and teens are feeling overly anxious about what they are not doing, a condition so prevalent is now called "Fear of Missing Out" (FoMO).
To understand what FoMO really is, imagine the typical holiday depression on steroids.
Doctors say that one of the contributing factors is young people's habit of a taking a large daily dose of social media and placing too much emphasis on their interactions.
Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD, a child psychologist at
offers insight into FoMO as well as tips.
"I do feel like the 'Fear of Missing Out' can be particularly difficult around the holidays," says Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD, a child psychologist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "I think that extends to what kids are getting for Christmas, if your friend gets the latest shoes or they have the latest electronics and you don't."
FoMO is a form of social anxiety where people are compulsively concerned missing a party, event, interaction, or experience.