People with mental illnesses should take care not to get stressed out over the festive season, the SA Depression and Anxiety Group said.
The Christmas holidays could be stressful for anyone, the organisation said in a statement yesterday .
But for people with illnesses such as depression or bipolar disorder, it could lead to a worsening of symptoms.
People with illness should know their limits in the face of large crowds and huge family gatherings.
"Remember that your health comes first and if crowds and huge get-togethers aren't your thing, opt to go to the smaller gatherings instead," the organisation said.
If large gatherings were unavoidable, sufferers should always have an exit strategy. - Sapa