As the days grow shorter and the sun sets earlier in central Alabama, many individuals are experiencing a change in their emotions. According to Erica Barnett, the associate clinical director at Carastar Health in Montgomery, this time of year brings about a range of emotions for many people, leading to an increased need for treatment.
During this season, more people are seeking help for seasonal depression, with young people being at a higher risk and it being more common in women than men. Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating, all of which can affect daily life, relationships, and the ability to work. The upcoming holidays can also exacerbate feelings of depression, with the hustle and bustle of the season causing additional stress for some individuals. Additionally, many people will be experiencing their first Thanksgiving without a loved one, adding to the challenges of this time of year.
Local resources are available for individuals in need of support during this difficult period. Carastar Health offers outpatient services and a Crisis Center where individuals can seek help 24/7 regardless of insurance coverage. Psychiatrists, nurses and therapists are on hand to provide diagnoses and treatment options for those struggling this season.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression during this time of year or any other time please don’t hesitate to reach out to Carastar Health by calling 800-408-4197 or visiting their website for more information on their services. It’s important to know that help is available and accessible during difficult times like these.