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Depression Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

Depression – It’s Not Just a Bad Mood…..

Being in a bad mood happens to everyone. The concern is when it becomes a persistent feeling of sadness. You realize you’ve lost interest in things around you. It’s not a matter of “snapping out of it”.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness, tearfulness, feelings of hopelessness
  • irritability, angry outbursts, or frustration with small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities like hobbies, sex, or sports
  • Sleep issues – too little or too much
  • Trouble thinking, with concentration, making decisions, or remembering things
  • Reoccurring thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts.

When you feel like your life is out of your control, or you don’t care, it is time to ask yourself some questions.

If you are ready to make a change and live a healthy and full life again, there are effective treatments to consider.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is designed to help you change negative thought patterns. Behaviors that might be contributing to, or worsening your depression are addressed.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help with difficulty concentrating, thinking, or remembering. Persistent sadness, irritation, and lack of interest are self-managed with the skills learned. You will learn about mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be an effective treatment for trauma-based depression. If your mind and body is overwhelmed by a traumatic event the natural response can be to shut down. Symptoms such as sadness, loss of pleasure in activities, sleep disorders can be addressed with EMDR.

Mindfulness therapy, as part of cognitive therapy, teaches you how to notice negative self-talk. It allows you to redirect that thinking away from negative thought loops.

Effective treatment for depression can help you. The trained professional counselors at Pathways Counseling Services can help you determine the best, healthiest path for you and your life.

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