As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, many people are experiencing a chemical change in their brains that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings about a range of emotions and, as a result, more individuals are seeking treatment. According to Erica Barnett, the associate clinical director at Carastar Health in Montgomery, young people and women are at higher risk for seasonal depression.
Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating. With the holiday season approaching and the hustle and bustle that comes with it, some may find themselves struggling even more. For those who may be experiencing their first Thanksgiving without a loved one, the stress can exacerbate feelings of sadness and isolation.
Carastar Health in Montgomery offers outpatient services as well as a 24/7 Crisis Center for walk-in help when needed. Psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists are available to provide diagnoses 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 to seek treatment or support during this challenging time of year, individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website.