Depression and Mood Disorders
Depression and mood disorders are common issues for individuals to struggle with that can be brought upon by a variety of issues such as chemical imbalances or stressful life events, like loss of a loved one, feelings of hopelessness, or financial distress and instability. Events such as these common issues in our society, can lead to feelings of sadness or depression, or increasing the severity of a mood disorder. If left untreated, symptoms of depression and mood disorders can lead to more serious complications, such as suicidal ideation. Depression and mood disorders can present as Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Bipolar Disorder, or Cyclothymic Disorder.
Symptoms of Depression and Mood Disorders can include:
Ongoing sad, anxious, or "empty" mood Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness Low self-esteem
Feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness Excessive guilt Loss of interest in usual activities
Changes in sleep and appetite Decreased energy Difficulties with concentration
Relationship issues Difficulty with decision making Psychosomatic complaints
Sensitivity to failure or rejection Irritability, hostility, or aggression Numbness
Repeating thoughts of death or suicide, wishing to die, or attempt suicide
Treatment for Depression and Mood Disorders can include a variety of therapeutic modalities and interventions. Your clinician will work with you to determine an individualized treatment plan to best meet your needs.
Therapeutic approaches that may be utilized for your treatment:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment
Eye Movement Desensitization