During the fall in central Alabama, as the sun sets earlier, many people may experience a chemical change in their brains that can lead to seasonal depression. This time of year brings with it a range of emotions, and as a result, more individuals are seeking treatment for this condition. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, young men and women are at greater risk for seasonal depression.

As the holiday season approaches, the hustle and bustle can also contribute to increased levels of depression. For some, it may be the first Thanksgiving without a loved one or the stress of holiday planning taking a toll on mental health. Carastar Health in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore and Lowndes counties offers outpatient services and the Carastar Crisis Center, providing assistance 24/7.

Psychiatrists, nurses and therapists are available to provide diagnosis and treatment options for individuals struggling this season. Carastar Health accepts insurance and ensures that cost is not a barrier to getting help. For more information, individuals can call 800-408-4197 or visit the Carastar Health website.

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