Millions of people struggle with mental health while on vacation – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

MIAMI VALLEY – Millions of people struggle with their sanity this holiday season as their friends and family prepare to reunite.

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

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More than 77 million adult Americans have mental illness, including 19 million with depression, according to 2021 America’s mental health prevalence data.

Trivedi said the holidays are especially difficult for people with mental illness.

“This time during the holidays can be particularly stressful as they see other people having fun, having fun, having fun and they are unable to go through it, so they feel even more stressed,” Trivedi said.

“And people who suffer from depression have these symptoms that go together and that lead to functional issues and that is really the challenge.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues for a second year, many people are struggling.

An estimated 10 million adults in America are seriously considering suicide, an increase of more than 460,000 people from last year’s dataset, according to mental health prevalence data in America by 2021.

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Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States today, and an average of 130 people kill themselves per day.

Trivedi said if someone you know changes their behavior and isn’t functioning as usual, the best thing to do is get the advice or guidance of a primary care provider.

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

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

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