By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
Especially for those whose economic situation is poor due to the bad economy.
That’s why experts from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Maywood, part of the Loyola University Health System, are bracing for an increase in patients needing treatment for self-destructive behavior — up to and including suicide attempts.
“For those who have no support system, no friends, family, loved ones or even co-workers, the holidays can prove very deadly,” Dr. Mark DeSilva, medical director of the emergency department at the hospital, said in a written statement. “Everywhere, there are signs of gatherings, gift exchanges, happiness and love. If you are not experiencing what the rest of the world is enjoying, it is very bitter.”