Depression Treatment in Arizona

As the fastest-growing state in the country, Arizona’s population is diverse and so are the people seeking addiction treatment.

There is a level of stigma surrounding mental health and depression. As a condition that doesn’t always come with many physical signs, it can be easy to overlook. Without a proper understanding of depression, people are often quick to say, “You’re fine, just think happy thoughts, it’ll pass.” This misunderstanding makes those managing depression feel as though the problem lies within their own capabilities, which isn’t always true.

Over 40% of adults in Arizona reported feelings of depression or anxiety within the past year. Additionally, 87,000 Arizonans aged 12-17 were reported having depression in 2021. This is a condition that impacts people of all ages and is very prevalent across our state. Here at Pinnacle Peak, we offer treatment for mental health conditions like depression. Let’s talk further about what depression is and what your treatment options can look like.

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Over 40% of adults in Arizona reported feelings of depression or anxiety within the past year. Additionally, 87,000 Arizonans aged 12-17 were reported having depression in 2021

What We Treat: What Is Depression?

Depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, is a common but serious mental health condition that impacts everything from how you feel to the way you think and act. It comes in many forms, such as postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder. It is also a common side effect of some medications and can be impacted by substance use.

Those who experience depression are often managing symptoms such as feelings of hopelessness, low self-worth, and the potential for thoughts of suicide.

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How We Treat: Finding the Right Approach for Every Client

Just as your history with depression is unique to you, so also should be the treatment you receive for your depression. Here at Pinnacle Peak, we work with clients to ensure that they have a say in their treatment plan. We know that no singular option works perfectly for everyone, this is why we offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options to ensure that you find the combination that works for you.

We offer mental health treatment as a service on its own. We also offer it in combination with substance use treatment. No matter your needs, we’ll help you get onto a path of healing and recovery.

Evidence-Based Treatment Options for Depression

Our treatment program seeks to give clients a taste of all we have to offer so that they can pick and choose what works best for them down the road. We want to show you all of the options available for your toolbox, with treatments that are backed by evidence and results.

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Here are some of the treatment programs we offer:

  • Experiential Therapy - Based on experiences, experiential therapy utilizes activities such as art-making as part of the recovery process. It not only allows people to find outlets for emotions but teaches things such as proper communication, too. The activities allow for environments focused on emotional expression, giving unique insight that is harder to explore in one-on-one therapy. Some of the experiential services we offer include music therapy and expressive arts therapy.

  • Holistic Therapy - While the term “holistic” has been thrown around in the media, true holistic therapy doesn’t revolve around quick-fix crystals. Holistic therapy revolves around the concept that every aspect of yourself is connected, meaning you need to address the person as a whole in order to help them find healing. This approach is used in conjunction with traditional approaches and focuses on each individual's strengths, needs, preferences, and personal beliefs.

  • Individual Therapy - This is the most traditional type of therapy: one-on-one talk therapy. We utilize methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). The goal of individual therapy is to help find and address triggers and negative patterns.

How to Spot the Signs of Depression

It’s important to note that depression is more than just “feeling sad.” Depression as a whole impacts every corner of a person’s life. In fact, the side effects of depression unfortunately often contribute to continued depression in the long run.

Even though many of the side effects are emotional and mood-based, there are still external signs that you can look for to spot depression in yourself or a loved one.

Not all who experience depression are going to outwardly express thoughts of low self-worth or hopelessness. Depression can make individuals feel like those around them see them as a burden. They can feel like their thoughts are their fault and that no one would want to help them even if they did ask. People managing depression will often withdraw from loved ones, or put on a happy face to hide what they’re going through from those they care about.

Let’s talk about the signs you can more easily spot. These often include behavioral changes like low sleep or excessive sleep. Another common thing impacted by depression is appetite and self-care. People managing depression might withdraw from activities they used to enjoy or seclude themselves in their rooms more often.

The Differences Between Depression and Sorrow

The primary difference between depression and feelings of sorrow and grief is the time frame in which it lasts. Symptoms of depression are reoccurring. They often are felt most of the day, nearly every day. While it can come in waves, depressive episodes often last for nearly two weeks at a time. This is a key component of diagnosis – the timeframe in which the symptoms happen. 

This doesn’t mean, however, that someone going through grief can’t experience a depressive episode. They might have many of the side effects of depression, but they only last a week or so. Depression is a reoccurring condition that can last for many years.


Are There Common Risk Factors for Depression?

While there is no “formula” that guarantees someone developing depression, there are several factors that are common influences for it. 

One of the most common factors for depression is trauma. This doesn’t always mean developing PTSD, but the experience of trauma can lead to depression. Trauma can happen at any point in our lives, from childhood trauma (known as adverse childhood experiences) to experiences in adulthood. 

Another common factor is big or abrupt changes in your life. This can include the loss of a job, the diagnosis of a serious illness, and more. This can often tie into trauma in instances such as house fires, where not only is the event traumatic but it also greatly alters your day-to-day life.

Finally, our health can play a large role in how we feel mentally. Disrupted sleep schedules, not seeing friends or family for an extended period of time, and long periods of inactivity can make our brains feel stuck. If our base needs aren’t met, our brains aren’t able to focus on things like emotional regulation, leading to an increased risk of depression.

These are all things that can be addressed. Our team at Pinnacle Peak is here to give you the tools you need to know how to manage these situations when they occur. We want to help teach you new routines and ways of thinking so you can handle these obstacles when they arise.

How Substance Use Effects Depression

Tying into health, substance use is another common factor for depression. The two can often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes people turn to substance use as a way to manage the symptoms of their depression. Other times, substance use can lead to depression or enhance the symptoms that are already there.

Substance use impacts not only your health but your brain chemistry, too. Things like stimulants can leave people feeling empty or hopeless when the effects end. Depressants like alcohol can worsen depression through continued use.

If you’re managing both depression and a substance use disorder, this is known as a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when two or more conditions are at play in a person at the same time. 

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When Should You Seek Treatment for Depression?

Whether you’re looking for help solely for your mental health, or you wish to take the steps away from substance use but have mental health needs, too – Pinnacle Peak has you covered. There is no wrong time to start and our team is here and happy to help.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient services for anyone who wants to take the first step toward healing. We will work with you to craft a recovery plan that suits your needs and goals. We want to set you up for long-term success and will continue to support you in your recovery as long as you need us. Even after you’ve left our doors, our alumni and outpatient programming are there to help.

The most important thing to remember is that if you feel that help is needed, you should seek it. You do not have to check off a list of symptoms or side effects to be worthy of receiving help. Everyone deserves to have the tools to face the day and live their life in a way that is meaningful to them.

Whenever you’re ready to take the next step, our Pinnacle Peak team is here for you. Give us a call anytime at 866-377-4761 and we’ll get you started right away.

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