Updated: Monday, 24 Dec 2012, 7:36 PM EST
Published : Monday, 24 Dec 2012, 5:23 PM EST
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - While it's a great time of year for some, the holidays can be difficult for others.
22News is working for you with ways to prevent depression during the holidays.
Everything from the stress of spending on the holidays to just not wanting to be so cheerful can trigger depression. If you are at a holiday party and see a loved one isolating themselves or withdrawing from the group, those are warning signs of depression.
Carmen Briceno with the Center for Human Development in West Springfield told 22News trying to include that person without making a scene and calling to check in on their well being the next day is a good start.
"Most people are very accepting of that and they don't want to ignore their depression. They like and probably prefer that someone does care and worry about them", says Briceno.
If you feel you may be at risk this holiday season, two tips are to lean on your support system and forget the unimportant stuff.