Mood disorders are an umbrella term for a broad category of conditions. Diagnosis and treatment are different for each case. But many people find relief with treatment. This can include talk therapy, mood disorder medications, or other therapeutic approaches.
Common Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Feeling extremely sad, empty, or depressed
Alternating periods of depression followed by periods of mania (feeling extremely euphoric)
Common Mood Disorders
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Major depressive disorder
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Who Is At Risk of Developing a Mood Disorder?
Anyone can develop a mood disorder. But certain factors can predispose you to developing one, including:
Having a close family member with a mood disorder
Undergoing periods of intense stress
Intense or traumatic life events
Women are more likely than men are to develop depression-related mood disorders.
How to Know if You Should Seek Help
Many people hesitate to reach out for mental health resources. But if any of the following apply to you, we strongly urge you to consider contacting a qualified mental health professional:
Your emotions frequently interfere with your personal life, career, social engagements, or other activities.
You turn to drinking, drugs, or other substances to alleviate your symptoms.
You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
You don’t feel able to enjoy life to the fullest.
McLean Counseling Center’s Multifaceted Approach to Mood Disorder Treatment
If you think you or someone you love might have a mood disorder, the first step is to seek help. McLean Counseling Center’s experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specialize in evaluating and managing mood disorders through supportive therapy and, when necessary, medication.
When you visit with one of McLean Counseling Center’s care providers, your care provider will ask you a series of questions to determine the severity and type of your symptoms, as well as gain an understanding who you are as an individual. You and your provider will work together to find treatment options and solutions to alleviate your symptoms.