As the sun sets earlier in central Alabama, many people are experiencing a change in their emotions as a result of reduced sunlight and shorter days. Erica Barnett, the associate clinical director at Carastar Health in Montgomery, notes that this time of year brings about a range of emotions for many individuals, leading to an increased need for treatment.
According to Barnett, more people are seeking help for seasonal depression during this time of year, with the National Alliance on Mental Illness stating that young people are at a higher risk, and it is 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, such as Carastar Health, are available for individuals in need of support. 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.
For more information about the services offered by Carastar Health, individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website. It’s important for those in need to know that help is available and accessible during this difficult time of year.