Mood Disorders

Everyone experiences changes in mood. Sometimes we feel sad, sometimes happy, sometimes nervous, and sometimes irritated. Mood swings are part of life and may be relatively easy to manage. However, some mood problems are so severe that they interfere with daily life and need professional assessment and treatment.

When a woman experiences extremes in moods, she may find it difficult to accomplish ordinary tasks or she feel so distressed that she feels like she would be "better off dead." Severe mood disturbances may result in a woman's inability to use good judgment in managing childcare or other relationships. Or she may feel so "tired" that she cannot get out of bed to take care of herself or her family. Or she may feel so "elated" that she does not recognize dangerous situations.

The term mood disorder serves as an "umbrella category" for a range of problems with mood stability including depression, manic depression (also called bipolar), and anxiety. When problems with mood are severe or interfere with daily functioning at home, work, or in relationships, the symptoms may be severe enough to be diagnosed as a disorder.

Treatment of mood disorders depends on several factors including life circumstances, medical history, severity of symptoms, and impact on daily functioning. Medication management of manic depression differs from that of depression because some anti-depressant medications may trigger a manic episode rather than stabilize mood.

Treatment for mood disorders can be complicated because the problem is not always clear. Our psychiatrists and therapists work together to find the best way to approach treatment for mood disorders. If you or someone you care about is having trouble with some type of mood disorder, we can help you determine the best route to get help. Contact Brookhaven now to take the first step toward getting help.