Battling depression during the holidays
The holidays are the favorite time of the year for many of us. But it can also be a stressful time for many, leading to depression, and - in extreme cases - even suicide. Early signs can be as seemingly benign as changes in sleeping and eating patterns, increasingly negative comments, and Increased use of alcohol and drugs. Pay attention to these signs in friends and loved ones. "If they increase in intensity or severity, please reach out for help," urges a Southwest Florida crisis counselor.