Mood disorder

What is a mood disorder?

A mood disorder is a mental health condition that primarily affects a person's persistent emotional state. Mood disorders can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life. The two main categories of mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder.

Depression involves prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. Symptoms may include:

Bipolar disorder involves shifts between high and low mood episodes. The "highs" are known as manic episodes characterized by elevated self-esteem, increased energy, reduced need for sleep, rapid speech, and impulsive behavior. Hypomanic episodes are less severe. The "lows" are periods of major depression.

Mood disorders are often caused by a complex interaction of genetics, brain chemistry, hormones, and environmental factors. An imbalance in brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine is often involved.

If you or a loved one struggles with mood swings or symptoms of depression, help is available. The medical providers at Vitality Wellness Clinic specialize in using bioidentical hormone therapy to restore hormone balance, regulate brain chemistry, and stabilize mood. Our comprehensive treatment plans also incorporate lifestyle changes and counseling. Contact us today for a consultation. We accept most major insurance plans.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Mood disorders are generally diagnosed by a mental health professional through evaluation of symptoms and family history. They may utilize:

Treatment often involves a combination of:

Getting effective treatment usually reduces symptoms and helps people better manage mood disorders. Support from loved ones also really helps. While mood disorders can be challenging, many people learn to thrive through self-care strategies, professional treatment, and by surrounding themselves with understanding people. There is hope.

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