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Addressing seasonal depression, especially during 2020

Therapist offers advice as more people show signs of anxiety, depression
Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 12:16:52-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — 2020 has not been an easy year. With the pandemic and national discourse, the chances of feeling some seasonal depression are even higher.

This morning Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director Bill Walker joined 23ABC Live to talk about how this year might be impacting people more, especially heading into the winter season.

Walker said some people might be experiencing anxiety and seasonal blues for the first time this year, which means they might not realize what they're feeling. He said right now, it's more important than ever to have hope and slow down.

If you're feeling down, especially with the upcoming holidays, Walker said if you're not planning on traveling you can still take the time to call and reach out to those loved ones who live elsewhere.

Walker said that if you or someone you know is struggling with all the changes from this past year, reach out to the KBHRS Crisis Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-991-5272.