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How to recognize holiday depression in yourself or others close to you

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For many people the holiday season is a difficult time of year. Holiday stress is something that affects us all differently but sometimes there's something more going on, something more serious.

Irritability, changes in sleep patterns and becoming more isolated are just a few signs your holiday stress could be a little more serious. Loneliness, loss of family and financial stress are all triggers that hurt just a little more this time of year.

"A sense of hopelessness, they feel like there is no hope for them, and they might have trouble seeing into the future so whereas someone who used to be really goal oriented, they suddenly they cant see past the next month, or the next three months or year."

Dr. Robert Lagrou, Medical Director of Pediatric Psychology at Henry Ford Health System's Kingswood Hospital in Detroit, says it's normal for everyone to experience some degree of seasonal stress or sadness but if it lasts for more than a few weeks to seek professional help. If you notice it in someone else don't keep it to yourself - say something.

"The important thing is to ask. You need to ask about suicidal thoughts. That makes all the difference in the world. You need to use the word so they know what you are asking."

A report from the CDC says more Americans now die from suicides than car accidents.

Police also say they are busy with calls from people who say they're having troubles - personal troubles.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from the police chief in River Rouge in a report from Fox 2's Maurielle Lue

If you are having thoughts of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

A wide variety of resources are also available to you which you can find in the links to the right.

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Suicide Prevention Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(Free hot line operated 24 hours a day for those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Suicide Prevention Resource Center
www.sprc.org

Common Ground
Crisis Line: 800-231-1127
www.commongroundhelps.org

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org
 
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