Beat the Holiday Blues

Many of us experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. Extra stress, unrealistic expectations, and even sentimental memories that accompany the season can be a catalyst for the holiday blues. You might experience feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension, or a sense of loss. People who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time.

A lot of seasonal factors can trigger the holiday blues, such as less sunlight, changes in your diet or routine, alcohol at parties, over-commercialization, or the inability to be with friends and family. These are all factors that can seriously affect your mood.

To help yourself beat the holiday blues, we recommend establishing a healthy routine early, so you’re prepared when they do finally hit. Our intensive outpatient programs offer structured support and provide a social network for those who are living with behavioral health or substance use disorders, not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year.

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Telehealth IOP Options

As the season changes, so too do our schedules and routines. Our Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (BHIOP) and Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (SUDIOP) offer virtual tracks for those who can’t make it out to our Albuquerque clinic.

Gender-Affirming Care

Dr. Kathleen Colleran joined Sage’s Primary Care Clinic earlier this year, and she remains passionate about providing gender-affirming, integrated care to the Albuquerque community. To become a patient with our Primary Care Clinic, you must be receiving behavioral health services at Sage.

Upcoming Patient Portal

In partnership with Athenahealth, we will be launching our new Patient Portal on November 28! The new Patient Portal will allow current patients to communicate with their providers and our clinic via email or web messaging, schedule appointments and pay bills online, and customize reminders.

November Blog Features

Surviving Painful Holiday Emotions

Families should love each other. Families should get along. Holidays should be fun. But what about when those “shoulds” aren’t true for you? Surviving painful holiday emotions requires healthy coping skills.

What Does “Triggered” Actually Mean?

Traumatic experiences are stored differently in our brains, and when something reminds us of that traumatic event, our brain and body are responding as if they were in the moment again. Learning to cope with triggers requires emotion regulation, which is most often aided by therapy.


Now Hiring

Our mission at Sage Neuroscience Center is to provide integrated care that empowers those we serve to achieve sustainable wellbeing through our collaborative community of diverse and inclusive healthcare professionals. We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Controller
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Medical Director – Psychiatric/Addictions

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