As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, many people experience a chemical change in the brain that can lead to seasonal depression. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can also contribute to increased levels of depression for some, particularly those who may be experiencing their first Thanksgiving without a loved one.
Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating. Young people and women are at higher risk for this condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that seasonal depression affects millions of people each year, and it’s important to seek treatment if you or someone you know is struggling.
Carastar Health in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties offers outpatient services and a 24/7 crisis center for walk-in help. Psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists are available to provide a diagnosis and treatment options for individuals struggling with seasonal depression. Cost should not be a barrier to receiving help as Carastar Health accepts insurance.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of seasonal depression, it’s important to reach out for help as soon as possible. You can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website for more information on how to seek treatment and support during this difficult time of year.