Depression is a chronic mental health disorder that affects 21 million adults and nearly 5 million adolescents in the United States. If you’re overwhelmed by sadness, hopelessness, or other depression symptoms, you can find compassionate, integrative care at Desert Bolt Behavioral in Phoenix, Arizona. Valery Nkendong, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, and the skilled medical team offer in-office and online therapy sessions and can also prescribe medications. If you have difficult-to-treat depression, the providers can determine if you’re a candidate for innovative therapies like Spravato®. Call the office to schedule a depression consultation or book an appointment online today.

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What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. The disorder affects how you feel, think, and act and can interfere with your ability to keep up with your responsibilities.

Many factors can contribute to depression, including physical health, genetic background, and personality. You may also be prone to depression if you have a history of experiencing neglect, abuse, or other trauma.

Desert Bolt Behavioral offers comprehensive care for depression in adults and children.

The mental health specialists can diagnose depression during an in-office consultation. They can also evaluate your mental and emotional health through an online teletherapy platform, so you can get the care you need without leaving home.

How do I know I have depression?

Occasional sadness can result from stress, grief, and other circumstances. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Desert Bolt Behavioral when you feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts or experience persistent sadness that lasts for two weeks or longer.

Other symptoms of depression can include:

  • Low energy
  • Changes in appetite
  • Isolation from others
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Difficulties making decisions or concentrating

Seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or call 911 if you have thoughts of self-harm or are considering suicide.

The skilled mental health providers at Desert Bolt Behavioral assess your symptoms and medical history during your initial consultation. They customize a treatment plan to ease the severity and frequency of depressive episodes.

Treatment typically involves a combination of psychotherapy and medications. If you have treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and can’t find symptom relief with traditional antidepressants, your provider can determine if you’re a candidate for Spravato®.

How does Spravato treat depression?

Spravato is a prescription esketamine medication that, when used with a traditional antidepressant, can ease suicidal thoughts or actions in adults with treatment-resistant depression.

Desert Bolt Behavioral offers Spravato nasal spray, which increases levels of glutamate in your brain. Glutamate is a chemical messenger that facilitates communication between your nerve cells and brain.

Increasing glutamate levels helps stabilize your moods and relieves the worst of your depression symptoms.

The team provides medication management services to supervise your use of Spravato and ensure the medication works.

Call Desert Bolt Behavioral to schedule a depression consultation or book an appointment online today.