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Holiday blues? Don't go through it alone

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While many of us are looking forward to the holidays, that's not the case for everyone. It's often a time of financial strain and depression. Even more people may struggle this holiday season due to increasing unemployment,  including the closure that will take place at Cooper Tire.

As the trees are going up for Christmas, for many, spirits are going down. Depression often sneaks in around the holidays, and this year, the poor economy is adding to the blues.

Dr. Cheryl Kaiser said, "The economy has made it really difficult. I've had a good number of patients who have felt guilty because they don't get to provide their family with the same Christmas they always would."

And the bombshell announcement that Cooper Tire is shutting down and leaving thousands without a job, is likely to add insult to injury. She said, "Whenever you have a major plant closing, there is always lot of desperation that gets attached to that and people have a tendency to act out when they get desperate."

Acting out in anger, criminal activity, and sometimes even the desire to hurt or kill themselves. Dr. Kaiser says rather than acting out, people need to speak up. "This is not a time to act out of desperation. This is a time to cling together, this is a time to come together as a community and come together with our families so we can support each other in the ways that we need to, especially during this time of year." So the holidays can be more of a happy time, even during dark days.

Dr. Kaiser says anyone with suicidal thoughts should call 911 or go to the emergency room.

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