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​​Mood Disorder Treatment

Mood disorder treatment varies according to the type of mood disorder and the symptoms present, and treatment outcomes are typically favorable.

Mood disorders are a mental health condition that mainly impacts your emotional state. You can experience extended spells of happiness, sadness, or a combination of both.

While shifts in mood are normal, a mood disorder is characterized by symptoms presenting for two weeks or more. Symptoms typically disrupt your ability to function at home, work, or school.

The most common mood disorders are:

Mood disorders have many contributory factors, from external stressors and imbalanced brain chemistry to life changes and genetics.

Mood Disorder Treatment Center California

If your mood disorder is affecting your day-to-day life, there are many mood disorder treatment centers in California.

Some severe mood disorders require hospitalization. This applies if you have tried to harm yourself or others. Residential treatment is also advisable in the event of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts.

In most other cases, mood disorders respond positively to outpatient therapy.

Mood Disorder Treatment Options

While mood disorder treatment hinges on the specific condition and the specific symptoms, most therapy involves a combination of MAT (medication-assisted treatment) and psychotherapy – talking therapies like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy).

These are the medications typically used to treat both depression and bipolar disorder:

  • Antidepressants: SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are similar in action and both often effective for treating depression. SNRIs and SSRIs can also help alleviate depressive episodes occurring in those with bipolar disorder. Some older types of antidepressants – monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tetracyclics, and tricyclics, for instance – can also be effective. Antidepressants must be taken exactly as directed and typically take several weeks to kick in.
  • Antipsychotics: Both mania and mixed episodes occurring in those with bipolar disorder can be treated with atypical antipsychotic medications. These can sometimes help treat the symptoms of depression, too.
  • Mood stabilizers: These medications can help stabilize abnormal brain activity, helping to regulate the mood swings characteristic of bipolar. 

Psychotherapy can be beneficial for the treatment of both depression and bipolar disorder.

Forms of talk therapy applicable include: 

  • CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)
  • DBT (dialectical behavior therapy)
  • Family therapy
  • Problem-solving therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy

Occasionally, therapies like transcranial magnetic stimulation and ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) can be effective in treatment-resistant individuals.

When accurately diagnosed and properly treated, it is quite possible to live a healthy, stable, and productive life if you have a mood disorder.

IOP Programs For Anxiety and Mood Disorder

Maybe you have a mood disorder or an anxiety disorder that’s not severe enough to warrant inpatient treatment, but requires more support and time commitment than a regular outpatient program.

An IOP (intensive outpatient program) offers you a minimum of 9 hours of weekly therapy sessions, allowing you to remain at home while pursuing an intensive and time-limited course of MAT and/or psychotherapy.

Whether you have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), panic disorder, social anxiety, or one of the common mood disorders, an IOP offers you the benefits of residential rehab without the restrictions or the cost.

Mood Disorder Symptoms

The most common symptoms of major depressive disorder include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in favored activities
  • Extended periods of sadness most of the time
  • Reduced energy levels
  • Changes to appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Problems with concentration and focus
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

The most common symptoms of bipolar disorder can include the above symptoms of depression, as well as the following symptoms of mania:

  • Feeling jumpy for no obvious reason
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling extremely energized
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Rapid speech
  • Accelerated movement
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Atypical increase in activity
  • Racing thoughts 

Finding Treatment for a Mood Disorder

If you feel you would benefit from medication or psychotherapy to fight back against a mood disorder that’s impairing your quality of life, reach out to our friendly team by contacting us today.

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Mood disorder treatment varies according to the type of mood disorder and the symptoms present, and treatment outcomes are typically favorable.

 

  • Antidepressants: SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are similar in action and both often effective for treating depression. SNRIs and SSRIs can also help alleviate depressive episodes occurring in those with bipolar disorder. Some older types of antidepressants – monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tetracyclics, and tricyclics, for instance – can also be effective. Antidepressants must be taken exactly as directed and typically take several weeks to kick in.
  • Antipsychotics: Both mania and mixed episodes occurring in those with bipolar disorder can be treated with atypical antipsychotic medications. These can sometimes help treat the symptoms of depression, too.
  • Mood stabilizers: These medications can help stabilize abnormal brain activity, helping to regulate the mood swings characteristic of bipolar. 
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