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Spotting the warning signs of depression this holiday season

OKLAHOMA CITY – While the holidays are meant to be spent with friends and family, it is also one of the hardest times for people with depression.

Authorities say there are a lot of factors that can cause people to feel blue around the holidays, including a new home, not as much money for gifts and even a loss of holiday decorations.

According to mental health experts, six months after a disaster can be the worst time for those with depression or PTSD.

When it comes to children, it can be harder to tell how they are handling their feelings.

Experts suggest looking out for the following reactions after a disaster:

In children 1 to 5-years-old:

  • Sucking their thumb
  • Bed wetting
  • Night terrors
  • Clinging to parents
  • Regressive behaviors
  • Clinging to toys

Between 5 to 11-years-old:

  • Aggressive behavior at school or home
  • Withdrawal from peers
  • Irritable
  • Whining and clingy
  • Fearful
  • Poor concentration

Between 11 to 14-years-old:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Rebellion at home
  • Arguing with siblings
  • Fighting in school
  • Physical complaints like headaches and stomach aches

Between 14 to 18-years-old:

  • Increase in risk taking behaviors
  • Poor concentration
  • Psychosomatic complaints like rashes, asthma and bowel problems
  • Decreased energy level
  • Sleep problems

Patrick Raglow, with Catholic Charities, stopped by our studios with more on the warning signs and treatment options for those with depression.

For more information on Project Together, contact Catholic Charities at (405) 524-0969.