Mood Disorders include those disorders where the predominant symptom manifestation involves extreme mood states that interfere with a person's social and/or occupational functioning. Two common mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Major Depression includes persistent depressed mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure with other associated symptoms lasting at least two weeks. Associated symptoms could include weight change, change in sleep pattern, feeling of worthlessness or guilt, thoughts of death, or fatigue and loss of energy occuring nearly everyday. Bipolar disorder may include episodes of major depression, but the disorder is defined by periods of mania or hypomania. These periods are characterized by an elevated or irritable mood with abnormal degrees of activity or energy. Other associated symptoms could include grandiosity, agitation, decreased need for sleep, increased talkativeness (or pressure to keep talking), racing thoughts (or a flight of ideas), excessive involvement in activities with the high potential for harm such as spending sprees, sexual promiscuity, or reckless driving. While in a manic state, the patient often lacks insight into their abnormal emotional state and cannot adequately assess or appreciate the potential destructiveness of thier behavior.
Suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and acts of self-harm are associated with mood disorders and when present, often require elevated levels of treatment to address safety concerns.
The fields of psychiatry and psychology have become increasingly adept at treating mood disorders and can now offer an array of medications and types of therapy to address these issues.
TelePsychiatry Associates, LLC practitioners are skilled in the practice of treating a wide variety of different conditions in a compassionate manner including: depression, bipolar affective disorder, substance dependency, opiate dependency including Suboxone treatment, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma related to sexual or physical abuse, and weight loss management, among others.
The types of treatments provided will depend upon your practitioner and the problems needing attention. The first one to two sessions will involve critical listening in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. Treatments that follow could include the discriminating use of medication, empathic psychotherapy, or some combination of both. If appropriate, additional therapeutic treatments may be employed including other psychotherapists, group therapies, structured activities, assigned readings, etc.