Depression Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Millions of Americans suffer from depression. It can come in many forms, such as feeling sad, hopeless, or worthless. These feelings can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with on your own. That’s why it’s important to seek help when you’re feeling down. Although most people experience ups and downs in their moods, it can become an issue when depression begins interfering with daily functioning. Warning signs can be cognitive, emotional, social, and even physical.
Common Expressions of Depression
Common cognitive expressions of depression can include feeling overwhelmed or hopeless and even thoughts of death or suicide. Meanwhile, emotional symptoms may include emotional numbness, extreme sadness, irritability or anger, and lack of motivation.
There are also physical manifestations of depression. These can include loss of appetite or over-eating, headaches, aches and pains, and trouble sleeping. Social warning signs include withdrawal from activities and relationships and difficulty at work or school.
What Causes Depression?
Depression may be caused by various factors, including genetics, personality traits, life events (such as loss or trauma), medical issues (including hormone imbalances), or drug use. It’s important to understand the source of depression in order to find the best solution for managing symptoms.
While depression can be situational, meaning it can be caused by a specific event such as the loss of a loved one, it can sometimes become difficult to manage these negative feelings on your own.
How Can Counseling Help?
Counseling can be helpful in treating depression because it provides an outlet for individuals to explore their feelings without fear of judgment. A trained therapist can also provide tools and strategies, such as relaxation techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help individuals cope with their depression.
Counseling can also provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore the root cause of their depression and develop strategies for managing it. Through counseling sessions, individuals can develop better coping skills, gain insight into their feelings and behaviors, and increase their self-esteem for long-term success.
If you are struggling with depression, don’t be afraid to reach out and seek professional help. Depression counseling can make all the difference in improving your quality of life and helping you find happiness again. Take the first step towards feeling better today!
About Greg Custer, Therapist, MS, LPC
I can help you with your persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, anxiety, loss of interest in activities, and changes in sleep and appetite. We can explore the various issues with your depression, and I can help you navigate your way to a better a safer place.
You know that saying, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger"? I think it should be, "What doesn't kill me makes me suffer." So many people feel unheard, disconnected, tired, worthless, fearful, sad, anxious, and forgettable. They need the skills to nurture their resilience to discern their incredible value. There's loneliness in struggling. But I'm here to help you heal yourself with a new, creative perspective and find resources you didn't know you possessed.
My background is broad, from working with crises to ongoing counseling. I have conducted over 10,000 suicide risk assessments and served as a Designated Examiner for the state of Idaho. In private practice for over 17 years, I am still learning from and for patients. I am licensed in both Idaho and Arizona.