The holidays can be a time of great joy and happiness. Parties and presents. Rich foods and visits from relatives and friends. But for many, the month of December turns into a time of depression, anxiety and irritability. SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, affects one out of every four persons, according to a story published in Saturday's Transcript.

Shorter daylight hours and the lack of sunlight may also contribute to SAD. It happens most to persons between 20 and 30 years of age and is more common in women than men, writes CNHI Capitol Bureau reporter Jaclyn Houghton. She interviewed the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Juan Guerrero says SAD victims should seek professional help if they are depressed for more than two weeks and if they have thought about suicide.

The state's community mental health system can provide help and Mr. Guerrero's group provides peeer-to-peer support in 11 locations throughout the state. The help comes from persons who have had similar symptoms.

In addition, a state 211 hotline provides help 24 hours a day. It is similar to 911 and connects callers to resources in their communities.

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