Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

An Unjolly Christmas May Be Deadly

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 19 (UPI) — For those who have no support system, no friends, family, loved ones or even co-workers, the holidays can prove deadly, a U.S. emergency room physician says.

Dr. Mark DeSilva, medical director of the emergency department at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, near Chicago, said the hospital emergency department sees an increase in visits from people who have engaged in potentially self-destructive or depressive behavior during the holidays.

“Everywhere, there are signs of gatherings, gift exchanges, happiness and love,” DeSilva said. “If you are not experiencing what the rest of the world is enjoying, it is very bitter. The holidays bring out desperate behavior in unstable individuals and they frequently end up in the emergency department as a medical emergency.”

People who vulnerable are:

— Isolated. Most people are busy, look for those who shun social interaction.

— Angry. The person expresses sarcasm, unhappiness or criticism of others’ joy in the season and is consistently pessimistic.

— Using alcohol or drugs in excess. Often people overindulge to numb the pain and offer an escape from reality.

— Missing frequently from work/social activities. Facing others who are happy and bright is often too difficult.

— Excessive sleeping. Depression often takes the guise of extreme fatigue or tiredness.

“If you see signs of extreme behavior in a friend, family member or acquaintance, act immediately. Talk to them of the behavior you are seeing and offer help,” DeSilva said. “There are social services, community groups, churches and other programs that can intervene.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “An Unjolly Christmas May Be Deadly”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.