Millions struggle with mental health during the holidays – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Miami Valley – Millions struggle with their mental health during the holiday season as friends and family prepare to gather together.

Kayla McDermott at News 7 spoke to Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, about some of the warning signs to look for at holiday gatherings.

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More than 77 million American adults suffer from mental illness, including 19 million with depression, according to the 2021 Mental Health Prevalence of America data.

Trivedi said the holidays are particularly hard for people with mental illness.

“This period during the holidays can be especially stressful because they see other people having fun, having fun, having fun, and they are not able to experience it until they feel more stressed,” Trivedi said.

“And people with depression have these symptoms that go together and lead to functional problems and that’s the real challenge.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues for its second year, many people are suffering.

An estimated 10 million adults in America are seriously considering suicide, which is an increase of more than 460,000 people from last year’s data set, according to Data for Mental Health America for 2021.

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Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and an average of 130 people take their lives each day.

Trivedi said that if someone you know is changing their behavior and not functioning as they normally do, the best thing you can do is get an opinion or advice from a primary care provider.

If you or someone you know is struggling this holiday season, there are resources to help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or visit

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