JOPLIN, MO.--- The holidays can be a busy time for many people, and that can mean a number of things when it comes to your health. Officials say many patients suffer from seasonal depression.
"A lot of the patients come in because they don't have anyone around them during the season and it causes them to get depressed just sitting by themselves at home," said Crystal Ericksen, Freeman Hospital E.R. Nurse.
Seasonal depression isn't the only health issue people deal with during the holidays. The stress of shopping and seasonal events can also trigger anxiety disorders.
"If they have the family around them, it would be a great idea to let a family member or loved one know how they are feeling, rather than letting it become too severe that they're not able to control it," said Ericksen.
Doctors say it's not just psychiatric patients that are affected this time of year.
"Whether it's nausea, vomiting, that has happened for a couple days, they let it go longer because they're thinking that more patients are here. They wait until after the holiday season because they want to be with their families," said Ericksen.
Officials say waiting to receive treatment isn't the best idea.
"There's no reason for anyone to wait on issues they're having just because they're spending time with their families, because the more they wait, the longer it's going to get worse," said Ericksen.
If you're worried about waiting in the emergency room, try to get in touch with your doctor.
"They can always contact their primary care physicians to try to get in with them, or even just try to explain what's going on, and sometimes they're able to do something for them over the phone sometimes," said Ericksen.
Emergency room officials say they also see a lot of people this time of year who slip on black ice. They say if you're going outside to get the mail or grab your paper, be extra careful and take it slow.
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