What is a mood disorder?
It's natural to feel sad and experience disruptions in your mood sometimes, but when these emotional disruptions persist and begin to interfere with your functioning and daily life, it's time to get help.
Mood disorders are a category of illnesses that represent persistent changes in a person's emotional state. If you have a mood disorder, you may feel sad, hopeless, or empty for persistent periods of time. You may also experience periods in which your mood is unusually elevated and happy.
Mood disorders are common, affecting nearly 10% of individuals 18 years old and older. People of any age can experience a mood disorder, including children and adolescents, though symptoms can present themselves differently.
factors that contribute to mood disorders
Mood disorders are complex, with various biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to intense feelings of sadness, depression or mania.
Women are twice as likely to have depression as men, and are vulnerable to hormonal changes throughout life as well as depression during pregnancy and after childbirth. Other individuals who may be at greater risk of developing a mood disorder include those who have experienced a major life event (either positive or negative events, such as having a baby, losing a job, going through a divorce), those who lack social support, and those with serious health conditions and experiencing significant sleep problems.
Risk factors for mood disorders also include family genetic factors, such as having an immediate family member with a mood disorder.
Therapy can help you identify and change harmful patterns of thought and behavior that are contributing to your moods and can provide strategies to decrease the pain and restore a sense of peace, joy, and purpose.
Mood disorders can often be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
Treatment with us may include a combination of lifestyle modification, education, problem solving, support, and cognitive behavioral therapy. If desired, we are also available to coordinate with your psychiatrist or other clinicians you may be seeing to provide treatment personally focused on you.
we are here to help
The complexity of mood disorders can make it challenging for people to manage the illness. Whether you are going through a difficult time, coping with a loss, adjusting to new life circumstances, or in the midst of a severe depression, you are not alone. We are here to help. We bring specialized experience and expertise to effectively diagnose and treat mood disorders in preteens, teens, young adults, and adults to help stabilize moods, improve functioning, and find hope and new possibilities.