Most people feel sad or irritable from time to time. They may say they’re in a bad mood. A mood disorder is different. It affects a person’s everyday emotional state. Nearly 1 in 10 people 18+ have mood disorders.
Mood disorders can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. First-principle treatments include chemical manipulation (medication & supplements), psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
- Major depressive disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness
- Bipolar disorder — also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, depression that includes alternating times of extreme sadness (depression) and extreme happiness (mania)
- Cyclothymic disorder — a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) — a long-term (chronic) form of depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — a disorder of chronic, severe and persistent irritability in children that often includes frequent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with the child’s developmental age – in our clinic this is seen as a kind of “regulatory disorder of childhood” and probably related to “dysfunction of the limbic system”
- Depression related to medical illness — a persistent depressed mood and a significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that’s directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder — mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman’s cycle and go away with the onset of menses
For about half of all people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Unfortunately, treatment-resistance is very common. Treatment-resistant mood disorders can be approached by specialists with brain stimulation, specialty medications, or other novel neuropsychiatric interventions such as our patented process that we call “combination therapy”.