holiday stress

Holiday Depression and Anxiety

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes family get-togethers, gift-giving, and celebrations. Holiday depression and anxiety, also known as the “holiday blues,” is natural for some of us, and the holidays can fill this time of year with anxiety, stress, and loneliness. It can be even more challenging for those who have a mental illness.  Of people with mental illness, 64% report holidays make their symptoms worse. (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2014 )

What causes holiday depression?

While depression, sadness, and anxiety are all very personal experiences, a few circumstances associated with the holiday season can contribute.


  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Finances
  • Inability to be with family or friends
  • Toxic family dynamics


All these factors, happening simultaneously, can be overwhelming even for those who aren’t suffering from a mental disorder. In addition, juggling added obligations during the holiday season can lead to stress responses such as headaches, excessive alcohol consumption, over-eating, and sleeplessness. These can lead to a dangerous cycle that is difficult to come out of once the holidays are over.

Coping with holiday depression and anxiety

It’s essential to have some tools at your disposal in the event depression or anxiety arrives. Set realistic expectations for the season, don’t take on more tasks and responsibilities than you can handle, try to prioritize by making lists, limit your drinking and try celebrating the holidays in a new, even unexpected way. By preparing for the season’s added stress, depression and anxiety can often be avoided or diminished.

When it’s more than a seasonal condition

For some, depression and anxiety don’t end after the holidays are over. In fact, for those with diagnosed depressive disorders, the stress of the holidays can trigger episodes of major depression that can last weeks, even months. In these cases, task lists and prioritizing will not be of any use. Instead, it is crucial to seek out treatment to avoid worsening symptoms. Traditionally, psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs are prescribed. But, unfortunately, relief with these treatments can take time and seldom provide immediate relief for patients.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Ketamine infusion therapy has proven to be rapidly effective in providing remission of depressive symptoms of major depressive disorder, treatment-resistant depression, and bipolar disorder, in some cases providing temporary relief within hours of the first infusion. Repeat administration over a short period (typically two weeks) can extend the length of remission, with some patients enjoying improvement for as long as six months. Additional “booster” treatments can be given that continually extend the length of remission of symptoms. Ketamine infusions are safe, rapid, and effective. Consequently, ketamine infusion therapy is revolutionizing the treatment of depressive disorders.


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