Mood Disorders

 

Prevalent Concerns
Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Depression
Anxiety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Mood Disorders
Eating Disorders
Personal Adjustment
Anger Management Texas

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified. Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy and clarity to sadness, fatigue and confusion. These shifts can be devastating. All people with bipolar disorder have manic episodes — abnormally elevated or irritable moods that last at least a week and impair functioning. But not all become depressed. Bipolar disorder can cause dramatic mood swings—from high and feeling on top of the world, or uncomfortably irritable and ‘revved up’, to sad and hopeless, often with periods of normal moods in between. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression. Because bipolar disorder is a recurrent illness, long-term preventive treatment is strongly recommended. Medication alone or a combination of counseling and medication is optimal for managing the disorder over time.
 
Cyclothymic Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by at least 2 years of numerous periods of less severe manic symptoms than seen in Bipolar Disorder and periods of depressive symptoms that do not meet the criteria for major depression. A combination of medication and counseling can be helpful in treating this disorder.
 
Dysthymic Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by at least 2 years of depressed mood for more days than not, accompanied by additional depressive symptoms that do not meet the criteria for major depression. A combination of medication and counseling can be helpful in treating this disorder.