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Mood Disorder Treatment

Mood Disorder Treatment at Promises

Mood disorders can make it difficult to function, much less feel fulfilled. We want you to know that it’s possible to enjoy life again. Our treatment team are experts in mood disorder treatment and co-occurring conditions. You’ll learn to manage mental health symptoms and rediscover what fulfills you. Call Promises treatment center today to learn more: 844-876-5568

What Is Mood Disorders Treatment Like?

Mood disorders can be exacerbated by substance abuse or contribute to drug and alcohol use. Our psychiatric team works with you to determine the best treatment approach for your situation. Whether this includes pharmacology, intensive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two, we craft a treatment plan that helps you move from survive to thrive.

Depression and mood disorder treatment may include:

Individual Therapy

Mood disorders and substance abuse often signal underlying issues like:

  • Trauma
  • Dysfunctional thinking
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor self-worth
  • Unhealthy attachment styles
  • Imbalance of brain chemicals

Your primary therapist will draw on a number of approaches to help you work through these difficulties. Individual therapy gives you a chance to work on issues you’re not ready to bring to group sessions. You may also address situations that arise in group that need more attention. Our therapists are trained in effective treatment options such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and integrative therapy. You’ll also meet with a psychiatrist to determine if medication is necessary to correct neurotransmitter imbalances.

Group Therapy

You’ll experience the power of connection in recovery through regular group sessions. With the support of peers sharing similar struggles, you’ll learn to be more authentic and open. Our group leaders will teach you healthier ways to communicate and cope with life’s challenges. Group therapy can be a transforming experience. It can provide valuable insight into yourself and your struggles.

Family Therapy

Issues like depressive disorders and substance abuse take their toil on families. Our therapists will help you and your loved ones work through difficult issues. Family therapy can begin healing emotional wounds that run deep. It helps loved ones learn how to best support you while also taking care of themselves.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Often substance abuse is an attempt to soothe symptoms of mood disorders. Some data shows people with mood disorders like depression are four times more likely to struggle with substance abuse. Our treatment centers offer expert care for psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders. We provide alcohol and drug detox as necessary. Our medical staff makes sure detox is safe and as comfortable as possible with research-backed medications. You’ll work with addiction experts who will help you replace substance abuse with healthy practices.

Comfortable Setting That Supports Change

You’ll recover in a safe, nurturing environment where you can focus on getting better. Our treatment centers are complete with cozy furnishings and soothing decor. Welcoming gathering areas encourage connections with others. Culinary staff make mealtime at our treatment centers a time of community with well-balanced, palatable food.


You’ll continue repairing your behavioral health when you leave Promises. We’ll prepare you well with a thorough continuing care plan. Aftercare planning may include connecting you with:

  • An individual therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Support groups
  • Family therapy
  • Addiction recovery resources

About Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are more than just a bad mood. They’re a category of mental health disorders. The primary underlying problem affects people’s emotional state or mood. In turn, this emotional state affects how they view the world.

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

Types of Depression and Mood Disorders

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression. Manic depression and bipolar disorder have symptoms of extreme high and low moods. Bipolar disorder can greatly interfere with people’s ability to function in everyday life. Most of the time bipolar disorder requires mood stabilizers 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. The “lows,” or depressed mood may leave them despondent and potentially suicidal.


Dysthymia (or persistent depressive disorder) is a milder form of depression than major depression. It can nevertheless be disruptive to people’s lives. Persistent depressive disorder affects nearly 11 million Americans. Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression with symptoms lasting for two years or more. In addition to a depressed mood, people with dysthymia may experience:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness
  • Apathy
  • Social isolation

Major Depression

People with major depressive disorders are plagued by overwhelming feelings of despair and hopelessness. Symptoms must last for at least two weeks for a major depression diagnosis. Common major depressive disorder symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Hopelessness
  • Unexplained physical ailments
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Thoughts of suicide

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder includes persistent low or depressed moods that typically coincide with winter weather. SAD is a common form of depression that affects around 3 million people every year. Seasonal affective disorder symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Changes in appetite

Substance-Induced Mood Disorder

A substance-induced mood disorder is brought on by prescribed or illegal drugs. Mood disorders due to substance abuse invoke these symptoms:

Mood Disorder Related to Another Health Condition

As the name suggests, this condition is characterized by a depressed mood or agitated/elated mood brought about by:

  • Physical injury
  • Chronic illness like diabetes or multiple sclerosis
  • Terminal illness like cancer or AIDS

Mood Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of mood disorders vary from person to person and depend on the type of mood disorder. Mood disorder 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

Causes of Depression and Mood Disorders

Like most mental health disorders, there’s no definitive “cause and effect” for mood disorders. Depression and mood disorders are usually rooted in a complex interplay of biological and environmental factors. Contributing factors of depressive disorders may include:


Family studies show genetics play a large role in major depressive disorder. If you have a first-degree relative with major depression, your chances increase twofold to threefold of also having depression. Twin studies suggest genetics may account for 40-50% of developing major depressive disorder.


About half of people with trauma also have major depressive disorder. Complex trauma stemming from childhood trauma has a strong correlation with rates of depression and suicidality in adults. Some forms of complex trauma include:

  • Emotional or physical neglect
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Unpredictable childhood environment
  • Overly enmeshed or codependent parent
  • Witnessing others experience trauma

People who’ve experienced a more covert form of trauma are also at high risk for mood disorders. Types of situations that may lead to PTSD and thus depression include:

  • Military combat
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Involvement in a natural disaster

Substance Abuse

Research shows that mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder are the most common co-occurring disorders among people with substance use disorders.  Some people with mood disorders are drawn to substances in an attempt to soothe their depressive symptoms. The relief drugs and alcohol provide is temporary though. Substances work on the brain in ways that exacerbate mental health symptoms with regular use.  Encouragingly, when symptoms of mood disorders are treated, people with this dual diagnosis often feel less of an urge to abuse drugs and alcohol.

Effective Mood Disorder Treatment

Depending on the type of mood disorder, a combination of 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
  • Behavior therapy
  • Antidepressants or mood stabilizers

If conditions such as underlying trauma exist, therapies like EMDR can be effective interventions. A healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, fitness and mindfulness can also ease depression symptoms. Inpatient mood disorder treatment centers can provide space and time to gain as strong foothold in recovery from severe depression and substance abuse.

Enjoy Life Again

Our clinicians are trained in evidence-based therapies effective in depression treatment. You’ll address underlying issues with a unique blend of alternative and traditional approaches. We’ll help you manage your mental health condition and develop healthy coping skills and self-care practices. You’ll begin achieving overall well-being, resiliency and contentment. Your life can be better. Call us today to learn how we can help: 844-876-5568

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