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Mood Disorder Treatment

Mood Disorder Treatment at Promises

Mood disorders can be debilitating, making it difficult to function in everyday life. They may be exacerbated by substance abuse or be a contributing cause of drug and alcohol use. At Promises, our treatment team is specially trained to diagnose and treat mood disorders and their co-occurring conditions. Our psychiatric team works with clients to determine the best course of treatment for their situation. Whether this includes pharmacology, intensive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two, we craft a treatment plan that helps clients move from survive to thrive.

Clients recover in a safe, nurturing environment where they can focus on themselves and getting better. Through a blend of individual, group and family therapy and alternative and traditional approaches, they address the underlying reasons behind their mood disorder, learn to manage their mental health condition and develop healthy coping skills and self-care practices to promote overall well-being, resiliency and contentment.

About Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a category of mental health disorders in which the underlying problem primarily affects a person’s emotional state or mood. This emotional state affects how the person views the world.

Mood disorders significantly disrupt people’s lives, often impairing their ability to function normally at work, school and in social functions, and negatively impacting their relationships. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 20 percent of the U.S. population will experience a mood disorder at some point in their lifetime. During any given year, about 9.5 percent of people have a mood disorder, with 4.3 percent classified as severe. Women are 50 percent more likely than men to experience a mood disorder.

Types of mood disorders include:

  • Bipolar Disorder – Characterized by extreme high and low moods, bipolar disorder can greatly interfere with a person’s ability to function in everyday life. Most of the time bipolar disorder requires medication to regulate the extreme moods that people cycle through. During the “highs” a person with bipolar disorder may feel elated and invincible with extreme bursts of productivity, while the “lows” may leave them despondent, depressed and potentially suicidal.
  • Dysthymia – A milder form of depression than major depression, dysthymia (or persistent depressive disorder) can nevertheless be disruptive to an individual’s life and affects nearly 11 million Americans. Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression with symptoms lasing for two years or more. In addition to a low mood, people with dysthymia may experience insomnia, fatigue, hopelessness, apathy, social isolation and other difficulties.
  • Major Depression – People with clinical depression are plagued by overwhelming feelings of despair and hopelessness. For a major depression diagnosis, symptoms must last for at least two weeks. Common major depression symptoms include: fatigue, worthlessness, insomnia, hopelessness, unexplained physical ailments, weight loss/gain and thoughts of suicide.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – A persistent low mood that typically coincides with winter weather, SAD is a common form of depression that affects around 3 million people every year. Symptoms include insomnia, agitation, anxiety, depression and changes in appetite.
  • Substance-Induced Mood Disorder – Brought on by prescribed or illegal drugs, substance-induced mood disorder invokes changes in moods such as depression, lethargy and mania.
  • Mood Disorder Related to Another Health Condition – As the name suggests this condition is characterized by a depressed mood or elated/agitated mood brought about by an injury, chronic or terminal illness.

Mood Disorder Treatment

Depending on the type of mood disorder, a combination of evidence-based medications and behavioral therapy is usually the most effective approach to treatment. Behavioral therapies commonly used in mood disorder treatment include interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior therapy. If conditions such as underlying trauma exist, therapies like EMDR can be effective interventions. A healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, fitness and mindfulness practices can also be useful in staving off mood disorder symptoms.

Mood Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of mood disorders vary from person to person and depend on the type of mood disorder. However, generally, symptoms may include some or many of the following:

  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Guilt
  • Appetite changes
  • Difficulty engaging in daily activities
  • Withdrawing from friends and social activities
  • Teetering between extreme lows and highs
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue

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