Mental Health Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Millions of people suffer from mental illnesses, but mental health treatment in Scottsdale can help people manage their lives and overcome challenges.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders are common in the US. Nearly one in five US adults lives with a mental illness, roughly 52.9 million people.[1] Mental illness can range in type and severity, but the two broad categories are Any Mental Illness (AMI) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

  • AMI is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that ranges from no impairment to mild, moderate, or severe.
  • SMI is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that causes a severe functional impairment that interferes with or limits major life activities.

The defining symptoms for mental illnesses are outlined in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) from the American Psychiatric Association.

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Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders can have varied symptoms, depending on the nature of the specific disorder. Generally, people suffering from mental health issues may experience broad symptoms like unpredictable mood shifts, unexplained sadness, low energy, loss of interest in hobbies, hallucinations, delusions, sleep disturbances, and appetite issues. They may also engage in self-harm, reckless or self-destructive behaviors, substance abuse, or suicidal ideation or actions.

Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

The treatment for mental health disorders depends on the type of mental illness, its severity, and the patient’s individual needs. Most mental health treatment involves a combination that addresses different aspects of the illness.

A team approach is necessary for many people struggling with mental illness to address all the symptoms and effects. This may include a primary care physician, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, social worker, and support system of friends and family.

Though medication can’t cure mental illness, it’s often part of the treatment protocol to aid in making other treatments more effective. These may include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotic medications

Along with medication, mental illness can be treated with different psychotherapy or “talk therapy.” This typically involves a mental health professional who guides the patient through thoughts, behaviors, moods, and feelings to develop coping skills.

The types of psychotherapy used for mental illness include:[3]

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

This therapy focuses on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to discover unhealthy patterns that may lead to self-destructive behaviors. CBT can be beneficial for various mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and schizophrenia.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):

This therapy was developed to treat severe conditions like borderline personality disorder and chronically suicidal individuals, but it’s been adapted to treat various mental illnesses. DBT is similar to CBT, but it focuses on accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to teach patients to cope.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR):

This therapy is often used to treat PTSD and can be helpful for trauma-related conditions. The treatment is intended to shift adverse reactions with positive reactions using repetitive eye movements that stimulate the brain.

Exposure Therapy

This therapy is a type of CBT that is often used for phobias, PTSD, and OCD. The focus is on determining the triggers for anxiety and learning techniques to address the anxiety that arises. This may be done through exposure to the trigger all at once or in small amounts gradually.

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Intensive Outpatient Program at Healing Foundations Center

In addition to psychotherapy for mental illnesses, the intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Healing Foundations Center offers intensive treatment for individuals with severe mental health conditions that need ongoing treatment. The treatment uses therapy in small groups and individual sessions to provide more frequent and in-depth support.

Our mental health IOP in Scottsdale may be effective for:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Mood disorders
  • PTSD
  • Personality disorders
  • Panic disorders

IOP is available with 3- or 5-day options with weekly individual settings for adults ages 18+. The program lasts eight or more weeks and offers flexibility with sessions from 3-6 pm, Monday through Friday.

If you or a loved one seek help for mental health issues, Healing Foundations Center offers a range of behavioral and mental health services. Contact us today to learn more about our mental health treatment options and intensive outpatient program!





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