Christmas can be a difficult time for people suffering from depression and despite Santa and toys, that can even include children. Rachel Dundas
 
Rachel Dundas is a registered psychologist with a specialty in young children and youth.
 
"Depression is kind of chronic and enduring; it will impact a person's ability to sleep, it will impact their appetite," she advised. "People who are suffering from depression are experiencing hopelessness, they feel like they can hardly get out of bed in the morning."
 
"It can be really hard for people who are suffering from depression to seek treatment because they really get stuck in this cycle of depression and these feelings of hopelessness and feeling like no-one can help them," she continued. "That's often where family members will come in and really encourage people to get help for themselves."
 
Dundas operates a practice in Strathmore, but comes to Drumheller each Thursday at the new Riverside Medical Clinic.
"One in five children or youth who meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis, of those one in five, only one in five of them receive mental health services that they need," reported Dundas. "Childhood is a time for early intervention to help prevent dysfunction, addiction, all kinds of problems going forward into adulthood."
 
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