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    This time of year is filled with Christmas cheer, families getting together, and people giving of their time and resources for the benefit of those that are less fortunate. It is a happy time full of celebration and love. However, this time of year is also a time of sadness and hardship for some. Here are a couple of reasons why.


   The first and most scientific reason is a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Without going into boring detail it has to do with the amount of sunshine and the body's internal clock changing. It causes the chemistry in the brain to also change. These changes can affect a person in a couple of ways. It causes reduced energy making it harder to complete regular tasks.  It can cause you to loose interest  in activities that you would normally participate in. It can cause you to have a tougher time concentrating. It can interfere with your normal sleep patterns. It can lead to weight fluctuations, causing you to loose or gain weight. It can also lead to thoughts of suicide.


   These are symptoms that  can have dire consequences. But, they are treatable. If you have some or all of these symptoms you should consult with your doctor immediately. Your physician can prescribe medication, therapy, and can recommend life habits that can help mitigate these symptoms.


   Secondly, during the holiday season there seem to be societal pressures that are amplified at this time of year. This can lead to depression and thoughts of suicide. This is also treatable. Again a talk with your doctor can lead to a strategy to help deal with these  issues.


   In closing I would like to offer this. Don't use a permanent action to solve a temporary problem.  Change comes to us all and eventually a bad situation will change too. If you are having problems and feel like there is no one you can trust or rely on I would ask that you call the hotline at 1-208-398-4357 or  1-800-273-8255. There is always something that can be done.


As always, thank you for taking the time to read

Scotty Cameron