For many people, the holidays are filled with Yuletide cheer and happiness. Families spend time together, and the smells of traditional desserts fill houses across America.
However, the experience for some of our nation’s veterans is quite different. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also referred to as the “winter blues,” impacts many veterans, as does PTSD. SAD is a serious subset of depression, and it can cause a relapse in PTSD. If you know a veteran, or if have one in your family, keep an eye on them during the holidays. Look for signs of SAD, which might include:
- A lack of interest in holiday activities with family.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Feelings of restlessness.
- Having trouble concentrating at work or home.
If you are a veteran or if know someone who may need extra assistance during the holidays, please contact Polk County Veterans Services at (863) 534-5200. Our knowledgeable staff can connect you with resources that can assist you in this difficult time. If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 then press 1, or text them at 838255.