As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, many people experience a chemical change in the brain that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings about a range of emotions, leading more individuals to seek treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that young people and women are at higher risk for seasonal depression. Signs of seasonal depression include oversleeping, daytime fatigue, and overeating.
The holiday season approaching can also contribute to increased levels of depression for some. For some, it may be their first Thanksgiving without a loved one. 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. Individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website for more information about their services.