A mood disorder is a broad term used to describe all types of depression and bipolar disorders. The most common types of mood disorders include Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar disorder, and substance-induced mood disorder. It can be difficult to distinguish between exhaustion or a bad mood, and actual mood disorders. For this reason, often symptoms of mood disorders get brushed aside and left untreated for longer than they should. In mood disorders, your general emotional state and mood are often inconsistent with your circumstance and interfere with your ability to function. However, mood disorders can often be treated successfully. Treatment may include antidepressants, mood stabilizer medicine, psychotherapy, and natural supplements.
Mood disorders are among the most common illnesses in mental health and general medicine. They can be treated successfully, but often worsen with time when left untreated. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we will work together to find a treatment that works best for you. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be experiencing a mood disorder, make an appointment to see us today. Symptoms of mood disorders can often be dismissed, but it is important to take note of small changes in how you are feeling, and if these symptoms are interfering with your life.
Symptoms of mood disorders can include:
- Your mood and emotions are interfering with your work, relationships, and other parts of your life
- Having trouble with substance use or medications
- An ongoing sad, empty, or anxious mood
- Irritability, aggression, or hostility
- Changes in sleep patterns
Some examples of mood disorders can include:
- Major depressive disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness, loss of interest in regular activities, and lack of energy
- Bipolar disorder — sometimes referred to as manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, depression that includes alternating times of depression and mania
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a form of depression associated with fewer hours of daylight, often during winter months
- Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) — a long-term (chronic) form of depression
- Cyclothymic disorder — emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder
- Depression induced by substance use or medication ― depression symptoms that develop during or soon after substance use or withdrawal
How to Get Help for a Mood Disorder
There are many options when it comes to treatment. Often, treatment includes a blend of mood stabilizers and psychotherapy. Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics have been proven effective in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorders. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we also provide alternative options to these medicines. Many patients and physicians are turning to complementary and alternative medicine to find dietary supplements that can be beneficial in treating mood disorders. The most common natural products used to treat these disorders include Hypericum perforatum or St. John’s Wort, S-adenosylmethionine, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Treatment often includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a form of psychotherapy. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, our Psychiatry and Counseling team will work with you to recognize and change your perceptions, and how you see things in your life. Overall, this treatment can have a positive impact on your world view, and regulate behavior and mood.
Get Started Today
Mood Disorders are very common but can be difficult to identify in yourself or others, and often go untreated. If you think that you might be experiencing a mood disorder, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. There are many options when it comes to treating mood disorders. Take the first step and please fill out the form below, or feel free to give us a call at (720)738-8531.