|Barbara 'B' Akins, RN|
By: Barbara 'B' Akins, RN
During the holiday season, cases of depression can increase or intensify for many reasons - not being close to family, grieving for a loved one or financial stress. And it's most common in the elderly.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid letting what may be a case of the blues develop into
something more serious, such as depression:
- Get more involved in community groups, such as church or non-profit organizations.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol and any use of other potentially mood altering substances.
- Increase involvement in support groups during the holidays.
If you or a loved one has experienced a combination of noticeable changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy level, concentration, levels of guilt, and feelings of laziness for more than two weeks, seek help immediately.
Call the Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital 24-hour helpline at 800-711-2635 or Alamance Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services at 336-538-7893.