As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, people may experience a chemical change in the brain that can lead to seasonal depression. According to Erica Barnett, the associate clinical director at Carastar Health in Montgomery, this time of year brings about a range of emotions and more individuals seek treatment for depression.

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. Additionally, with the holiday season approaching, the hustle and bustle can contribute to increased levels of stress and depression for some. For those who may be struggling with their first Thanksgiving without a loved one or other holiday-related stressors, seeking help is important.

Carastar Health in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties offers outpatient services as well as the Carastar Crisis Center which provides walk-in help 24/7. Psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists are available to provide a diagnosis and treatment options for individuals struggling this season. Cost should not be a barrier to receiving help as Carastar Health accepts insurance.

For more information on how Carastar Health can assist individuals during this difficult time of year, individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website.

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