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Mood Disorders Treatment

Mood disorder is an umbrella term that covers a litany of mental health conditions. These disorders reduce your ability to participate fully in your life. Through effective medication management and talk therapy, you can overcome your moodiness and enjoy your favorite activities again. Find relief from mood disorders at Online Psychiatrists, serving New York, New Jersey and Florida. And take advantage of their new video conferencing capabilities, which offer quick and uplifting results for patients suffering from mood disorders. Call today for an appointment.

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When Is Moodiness a Problem?

It’s normal to experience occasional mood fluctuations. But if your moods seem overly erratic and are often inconsistent with what’s going on in your life, you may have a mood disorder. When your thoughts and feelings are severe and difficult to manage, it impacts your ability to deal with day-to-day activities.

Abnormal mood fluctuations may be accompanied by physical ailments or other mental health disorders. Online Psychiatrists offers professional psychiatric services to adults aged 19 to 65 in New York, New Jersey and Florida. They provide an accurate diagnosis and a complete treatment of mood disorders and other mental health problems.

What Types of Mood Disorders Are There?

Many different mental health problems fall under the umbrella of mood disorders. While their causes aren’t well understood, most researchers agree that your genetics, imbalances in your brain chemistry and environmental factors contribute to their development. Stressful life events and substance abuse are also associated with an increase in the risk of developing mood disorders.

Some of the most common examples of mood disorders include:

  • Chronic depressive disorder. Characterized by periods of extreme sadness, this disorder is a steady and long-lasting condition.
  • Persistent depressive disorder. Also known as dysthymia, this condition is another type of chronic depression that continues for at least two years.
  • Bipolar disorder. Also called manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by wild mood swings. Periods of low energy depression alternate with periods of high energy euphoria, known as mania.
  • Seasonal affective disorder. Also called SAD, this type of depression is triggered by the lack of sunlight during the winter months.
  • Postpartum depression. Much more intense than so-called baby blues, this depression causes a sense of profound emptiness or sadness after childbirth. Men experience this condition as well, and their version is called male postpartum depression.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This condition is similar to premenstrual syndrome, but the symptoms are more severe. Episodes involve intense irritability, depression and mood changes during the premenstrual phase.
  • Psychotic depression. Depression that’s aggravated by hallucinations or delusions is called psychotic depression.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This mood-altering condition derives its name from the tendency of the patient to get trapped in a bitter cycle of obsessions and compulsions that lead to intense feelings of distress and uncontrollable urges.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder. When you have GAD, you’re consumed with worry and unnecessary fear about everything from money and health to work and family. This general anxiety dominates your thinking and affects your mood.

What Are the Symptoms of Mood Disorders?

Your symptoms vary according to the type of mood disorder you have. Still, the symptoms of the most common mood disorders include:

  • Ongoing sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, agitation or restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Insomnia or conversely, sleeping too much
  • Racing thoughts or slowed thinking
  • Reckless behavior
  • Explosive rage
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide

Mood disorders can interfere with your relationships, social activities, work or school. Fortunately, they are treatable conditions that can be diagnosed during a complete physical exam and psychiatric evaluation at Online Psychiatrists. For the best results, always rely on an MD experienced in diagnosing and managing mood disorders to ensure you receive the right treatment for your particular condition.

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What Are Mood Disorder Treatments Like?

Your treatment for a mood disorder or disruptive mood dysregulation disorder depends on your specific diagnosis and your willingness to comply with proven treatment plans. Treatment usually consists of a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Mood disorders that involve severe symptoms, such as suicide attempts, may require hospitalization.

Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication or mood stabilizers may be prescribed to alleviate the intensity of your moods. There is no one-size-fits-all medication for mood disorders, so your doctor manages your medication while you undergo talk therapy. The goal of medication management is to ensure you receive the proper medicine and correct dosage. Talk therapy can take many forms and is specially designed for your specific needs. Therapeutic modalities include:

Getting Help for Mood Disorders

Don’t ignore your mood swings or other symptoms of mood disorders. These conditions aren’t likely to disappear on their own, and untreated mood disorders can worsen. In some cases, they may trigger substance abuse or suicidal urges.

Online Psychiatrists provides expert evaluation of your mood swings, depression, anxiety or other mental health challenges. They offer convenient treatment alternatives, so you can choose between in-person visits or remote telepsychiatry sessions, which many find to be more effective than traditional approaches. Contact the practice today for the results you need. Your well-being is the only thing that matters.

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