As the sun sets earlier across central Alabama, many people may experience a chemical change in their brain that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings about a range of emotions, leading more individuals to seek 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, the hustle and bustle can also contribute to increased levels of depression. 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.

It’s important to note that cost should not be a barrier to receiving help. That’s why Carastar Health accepts insurance and ensures that cost is not a barrier to receiving help. For more information on outpatient services or crisis center assistance, individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website today.

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