Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

Jenine Lemons, LPC-S, NCC Interim Director of Behavioral Health at LBU

 

As the holiday season approaches, adorned with glittering lights, festive decorations, and joyful celebrations, it's important to acknowledge that this time of year isn't universally merry for everyone. Amidst the cheerful ambiance, some individuals grapple with the shadows of depression, silently battling their inner struggles. During our festive preparations, it's crucial to spare a thought for those who might be navigating through the holiday season under a heavy emotional burden.

There are several signs that a friend may be experiencing depression and in need of help. Some common signs to look out for include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

It's important to remember that everyone experiences depression differently, and not everyone will have all these symptoms. If you are concerned that someone you love may be struggling with depression, the best thing you can do is to talk to them about your concerns in a caring and non-judgmental way. Encourage them to seek professional help, and offer your support and assistance in finding resources, such as a therapist or support group.

If you or someone you know is grappling with thoughts of depression during the holiday season or any time of the year, know that help and support are within reach. At LBU Behavioral Health, our dedicated professionals are here to provide the compassionate assistance you need. Reach out to us, because your mental health matters, and seeking help is a courageous step towards healing.

The Behavioral Health Team at LBU is here to help. To book an appointment, call (214) 540-0300.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has launched text and chat services in Spanish. To access the services in Spanish text AYUDA to 988 or call 988.

 

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