A mood disorder is a mental health condition that displays extreme or prolonged mood swings. Individuals who experience such may show continually depressed moods, prolonged mild depression, manic behavior, or mood-related issues arising from substance abuse. Once mood swings begin to impede everyday activities or become a disruption or danger to oneself or others, they must be treated accordingly.

Types of Mood Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder

Features persistent sadness, despair, fatigue, changes in eating and sleep habits, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and suicidal thoughts that last more than two weeks.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Also referred to as dysthymia, features long-term lower grade depression lasting more than two years in duration.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

A severe form of PMS that features irritability, extreme sadness, anger, and hopelessness in relation to a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Bipolar I Disorder

Characterized by extreme manic episodes that can last up to a week, alternating with depressive episodes that may last two weeks or more.

Bipolar II Disorder

Features a pattern of hypomanic episodes alternating with depressive episodes, but the manic episodes are not as severe as in bipolar I.

Cyclothymic Disorder. Defined by multiple periods of where both the symptoms of mania and depression exist, but not to the level of an “episode.”

What can cause a Mood Disorder?

    • High Stress Levels

    • Personality Traits

    • Substance Abuse

    • Genetics

    • Brain chemistry Imbalances

How we treat Mood Disorders

Since a mood disorder can influence every aspect of your daily life, it is essential to seek an individualized treatment program. At Clear Mind Treatment, we offer a series of treatment options for various mood disorders.

 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can reduce self-damaging thoughts that trigger mood swings while helping patients eliminate negative behavior patterns.

Psychotropic medications.

This form of medication intervention may involve antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety, or anti-psychotic drugs, depending on the diagnosis.

Holistic activities

Alternative activities such as yoga, acupuncture, art therapy, and aerobic exercise are proven to alleviate stress symptoms.

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