Long after COVID-19 virus is tamed, its behavioral health impacts will remain in Eagle County
During 2020, the five-year dispatch veteran got a front-line education about how a year of COVID-19 has impacted behavioral health in Eagle County. As Almanza reported for his dispatch shifts during the past 12 months, he heard an evolution of desperation. At first, he noted, people were confused and fearful. They needed help and didn’t know where to turn. Then, as time rolled on, there were waves of anger and depression. Engulfing everything was a haze of fatigue.
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When Depression Persists
Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can cause long-lasting feelings of sadness, anxiety and a sense of “emptiness.” Some people experience a loss of interest in life, appetite and weight changes and/or sleep disruptions.
Stop Drinking for Good
As “Dry January” comes to a close, consider the idea of cutting alcohol out of your life altogether. While drinking has been normalized for centuries, and is often ingrained in the culture of ski resort communities, the truth is that beer, wine and spirits are actually comprised of ethyl alcohol or ethanol, a highly flammable chemical that is also used as a fuel additive or industrial solvent.
The future is psychedelic: Vail Health Innovation Center director’s research digs into psilocybin as a treatment for depression
Vail Health’s Dr. Charles Raison is at the forefront of psilocybin research, both inside and outside of the organization.