As the holidays unfold, it’s crucial to reserve a moment for checking in on mental illness—both for ourselves and those around us.

While Christmas is celebrated as a time of warmth and joy, not everyone feels embraced by the season. Holiday stress coupled with dark days, cold weather, financial pressure, social expectations, and, oftentimes, tricky family dynamics can exacerbate existing conditions, making this a particularly trying time of year for many.


Depression during the holidays is not just a byword for seasonal blues; it’s a significant concern that affects many. The contrast between internal and external conditions can be hard to bear, which is why it’s vital to monitor for signs of holiday stress. A lingering sense of sadness, a loss of interest in once-pleasurable activities, or an inability to engage in the festive spirit are all indications that you or a loved one might be depressed.


Checking in on mental illness means not only identifying the special stress of the holidays, but taking proactive steps to mitigate it. Establishing a routine that includes exercise, nutritious meals, and sufficient rest can be tremendously beneficial. It’s also important to set realistic expectations for holiday gatherings and to allow oneself the grace to step back when needed.


Despite a person’s best efforts, a healthy routine won’t provide relief from all mental health issues and, sometimes, even medical intervention fails. This is where options like ketamine infusion therapy come into play—offering a ray of hope to those whose depression has resisted other forms of treatment. Extensive research shows that ketamine therapy not only works via a unique mechanism and thus provides relief where other interventions have failed, but that it acts quickly and its effect is durable.


If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from the clutches of depression and nothing else has worked, ketamine infusion therapy may be the solution you need. Schedule a consultation at Vitalitas Denver—a ketamine clinic staffed by a qualified and experienced full suite of dedicated medical professionals—and let us help you determine how best to manage this especially trying time of year.   

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