Mood changes are traditionally a healthy part of the human experience. Positive experiences are paired with happiness and hopefulness and moments of loss and failure are often paired with sadness. However, when struggling with a mood disorder, one’s mood often does not reflect the circumstances of his or her reality. Mood Disorders have the disruptive characteristics of affecting one’s daily activities for the worse. Those with a Mood Disorder may see impairments in their relationships, ability to succeed at school or in the workplace and a pervasive sense of emotional dysregulation. Mood disorders remain one of the most prevalent mental health issues in the United States and affect nearly 20% of the general population on any given day.
Mood Disorders can range in their acuity and impact. Three distinct mood stages represent a spectrum of moods ranging from depressive to manic and bipolar. Depressed moods are characterized by sadness, lethargy and malaise and Manic moods represent the opposite: euphoria, hyperactivity and impulsive patterns of behavior. Symptoms of Mood Disorders may affect far more than moods and can manifest in physical symptoms as well, such as aches, pains, and sleeping issues. The Mood Disorder category is comprised of several distinct diagnoses that each have their own unique symptoms, challenges and treatment approaches. These disorders include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Major Depressive Disorder (Depression): Depression is one of the most commonly occurring mental health disorders in the United States. Depression is defined by an all-encompassing and pervasive mood of malaise, hopelessness and a lack of energy and motivation. Depression can make everyday life especially challenging and has the ability to be highly disruptive to cognitive, social, medical and behavioral health. Those experiencing depression can feel an overwhelming sense of isolation and loss and may have strongly negative perceptions of their own value and life.
· Bipolar Disorder: While Bipolar Disorder includes episodes of depression, it is characterized by equally opposite moments of mania or intense and hyperactive activity. Struggling with Bipolar Disorder can result in challenges maintaining any sense of normalcy, as people bounce from extreme mood fluctuations on a daily or weekly basis. Mania traditionally comes with a sense of euphoria, feeling invincible and making rash and irresponsible life choices.
· Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): Dysthymia has many of the hallmark traits of depression, but is far more entrenched and longer lasting. Relative to traditional depression, dysthymia lasts 2 years or more and can be especially challenging due to the sense of depressed normalcy that sets in.
Mental health conditions, such as Mood Disorders, can represent a lifelong and recurring challenge. Fortunately, there is substantial evidence and research that point to effective means of treating mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Among the proven methods of treatment include psychotherapy and medications such as mood stabilizers. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, commonly known as CBT, is the benchmark for effective treatment of mood disorders. CBT works by helping shift and reorient a client’s thinking into more productive and healthier thought patterns so that they can emerge from therapy with the skills necessary to overcome and regulate destabilizing moods.
At Resilience Treatment Center, clients can expect a tailored and supportive treatment plan that addresses their mood disorder and the resulting symptomology. Upon admission, a client will be assigned a primary therapist with the necessary specialization and clinical training to sufficiently meet their unique needs. Through individual and group programming clients will explore new methods and effective therapeutic responses to overcoming their mental health obstacles and cultivating emotional resiliency.