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Holidays trigger depression

December 31, 2003

Thomasville - Many people are troubled during the holidays because of financial strains and family tension. More people think about and attempt suicide during this time of year than any other.

Family members and friends should look for sharp changes in behavior. Southwestern State Hospital Chief Psychologist Dr. Jerry Falls says, "Depression is a part of life and from time to time we're going to be depressed. We do want to watch for what is just a result of the holidays and what is triggering a deeper process."

Dr. Falls says if you are depressed or have suicidal feelings, you should contact a doctor immediately to be treated.

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