AGOURA HILLS, California – As the days get shorter and the holiday season kicks in, it’s common to experience the holiday blues — to include feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness, and an exacerbation of existing mental health complaints.
At Awakenings Treatment Center, a “Dr. Phil”-preferred mental health and addiction treatment facility in Agoura Hills, therapists often see a spike in clients with depression and other mental health challenges at this time of year. Center founder Dr. Shari Corbitt said it’s important for people to seek support if they’re struggling emotionally this season, especially given the added stressors of the ongoing pandemic and a contentious election.
“Please don’t suffer in silence,” said Corbitt. “So many of us are going through challenges right now, and we shouldn’t feel alone. Professional mental health treatment can really help improve the quality of life. At Awakenings Treatment Center, we strive to help our clients regain a sense of joy and hope during the winter and holidays, and empower them to navigate through negative feelings, loss, and trauma.”
An estimated 10 million Americans experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many more people likely suffer mild symptoms. SAD is characterized by prolonged sadness that recurs during the same time each year – usually in the fall and winter when days get shorter and there is less light.
Symptoms include feeling depressed most of the day nearly every day, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, changes in weight or appetite, sleep problems, and difficulty concentrating. The holidays can also trigger what’s sometimes called “holiday blues,” feelings of anxiety or depression often sparked by stress, unrealistic expectations, loneliness, or the memory of lost loved ones.
COVID-19 has added an additional layer of heartbreak and stress due to the many people that have tragically died from the virus, and because social distancing restrictions make it harder for families and friends to celebrate together.
“Seeking help for challenges like these is not a weakness, it’s an act of strength,” said Corbitt. “We urge community members experiencing mental health and addiction difficulties this season to please reach out and get the support they need and deserve.”
Awakenings Treatment Center is a peaceful, 13,000-square-foot facility for people struggling with mental health challenges, chronic pain, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction. Clients receive a range of holistic services tailored to their individual needs, including alternative therapies such as breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness as well as the latest in neurofeedback, Alpha-Stim, and movement therapy.
Awakenings has implemented rigorous infection prevention protocols to protect clients and staff from COVID-19 transmission. These include regular disinfection of the facility, mask and face shield wearing by staff and clients, and limits on visitors entering the building.
Awakenings Treatment Center is located at 28720 Roadside Drive, Suite 200, in Agoura Hills. For information on admissions, call 855-717-3268 or visit awakeningstreatment.com/admissions.