As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, people may experience a chemical change in their brain that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings about a range of emotions, leading more individuals to seek treatment. Erica Barnett, the associate clinical director at Carastar Health in Montgomery, notes that this is a common issue during the holiday season.
Young people and women are at higher risk for seasonal depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating. For some, it may be their first Thanksgiving without a loved one, which can contribute to increased levels of depression.
Carastar Health in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties offers outpatient services and the Carastar Crisis Center, providing walk-in help 24/7. Psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists are available to provide a diagnosis and treatment options for individuals struggling this season. Carastar Health accepts insurance and ensures that cost is not a barrier to receiving help.
For more information on how Carastar Health can assist you or someone you know with seasonal depression or other mental health issues during the holiday season or any other time of the year