If you think you or a loved one may have a mood disorder and it’s starting to affect your daily activities and quality of life, the first place to start is to talk to one of our compassionate professionals. Our team of experienced providers is here to help guide you back to the life you deserve.
Mood disorders are characterized by changes in one’s emotional state that appears inconsistent with the surrounding circumstances. While mood changes can naturally go up and down due to various factors in life, a mood disorder is diagnosed when one’s mood varies greatly from a more natural response to a situation and begins to interfere with one’s daily activities, relationships, health, and quality of life.
Mood disorders include major depression, anxiety disorders, major depression alternating with mania (bipolar), seasonal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and more.
Various underlying factors contribute to mood disorders. These can include one’s genetics, childhood experiences, hormonal instability, brain chemistry, medical conditions, trauma, substance abuse, and more.
Therapy for mood disorders varies depending on the type of mood disorder that is present but typically mood disorders will include a combination of talk therapy (a.k.a. psychotherapy) medication and lifestyle changes such as exercise, self-care, and other healthy habits.
Medications for mood disorders often take a few weeks to take effect and should never be stopped without talking to a healthcare provider or therapist first. If medications are stopped abruptly, symptoms may get significantly worse causing severe if not life-threatening consequences. Many mood disorders recur depending on certain situations or changes in one’s environment. Others are ongoing and require long-term or lifetime treatment.