Learning how to cope with holiday depression after a major setback

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Craven County, NC (NBC/KXAN) — For many people, depression and anxiety tend to come with the territory of the holiday season. That’s especially true if you have experienced major trauma in the past year.

“During the holidays we have a lot of individuals that come into our program, overwhelmed, suicidal, not functioning because they can’t meet those expectations they’ve set for themselves,” says psychiatrist, Dr. Ron England.

Less than three months after Hurricane Florence touched down in eastern North Carolina, victims are feeling the pressure this holiday season. For one Craven County victim, it wasn’t just their belongs that Florence washed away.

“There was a whole tradition that I have built all my life that was robbed from me,” says Margaret Gilbert.

The community has remained a support system during the hard times. 

Dr. Ron England reminds those struggling to cope, to seek help.

“If you feel overwhelmed, talk to someone,” says Dr. England.

Healthcare professionals say a lot of people feel pressure to buy gifts or maintain the same traditions. They recommend focusing that energy on enjoying time with your loved ones.

If you or someone you know is struggling over the holidays, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

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