As the sun sets earlier in central Alabama, many people experience a chemical change in their brain that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings about a range of emotions for individuals, causing more to seek treatment for this condition. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, young people and women are at higher risk for seasonal depression.
Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating. As the holiday season approaches and the hustle and bustle increases, some may also struggle with feelings of loneliness or sadness due to missing loved ones during Thanksgiving or other celebrations.
Carastar Health in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties offers outpatient services as well as the Carastar Crisis Center which provides walk-in help 24/7. Psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists are available at Carastar Health to provide a diagnosis and treatment options for those struggling this season. It is important to note that cost should not be a barrier to receiving help as Carastar Health accepts insurance.
For more information about Carastar Health’s services and how they can help individuals struggling with seasonal depression during the holiday season, please call 800-408-4197 or visit their website.