Mood Disorders Specialist


Psychologist located in Bronx, NY & Lincoln Square, New York, NY

Depression and bipolar disorder have a far-reaching impact on patients, as well as their family and friends. At RobinsPsych in the Bronx, New York, the expert medical team offers multiple types of therapy, such as interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapies, and creates a personalized plan to treat your mood disorder.

Mood Disorders Q & A

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders include all types of depression and bipolar disorders, which are psychological conditions that occur when a person’s emotional state doesn’t match their circumstance. Their mood may be depressed when daily life is going well, or conversely, they may feel excited and euphoric in spite of living a life that’s falling apart.

Mood disorders develop from multiple causes, all of which are biological and occur due to an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain. Mood disorders tend to run in families, so genetics may have an influence. Additionally, all the different aspects of your environment — stress, medications, major life events, traumatic events, serious illness, and substance abuse — can trigger episodes of depression and mania.

What are the different types of mood disorders?

While all mood disorders are characterized by high and low moods, there are several different types:

Depressive disorders:

  • Major depression: Marked by less interest in activities, feeling sad or hopeless, and other depressive symptoms that last for at least 2 weeks
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia): Depressed mood that lasts at least 2 years
  • Psychotic depression: Depression plus some form of psychosis (delusions, hallucinations)
  • Perinatal and postpartum depression: Severe, major depression during pregnancy or after delivery
  • Seasonal affective disorder: Depression that occurs during winter months in areas where there is less natural sunlight

Bipolar disorders:

  • Bipolar I disorder: Episodes of severe mania (elevated mood) that last at least 7 days, alternating with depressive episodes lasting at least 2 weeks
  • Bipolar II disorder: Depressive and hypomanic episodes, but no full-blown manic episodes
  • Cyclothymic disorder (cyclothymia): Many episodes of depression alternating with hypomania lasting at least 2 years
  • Other specified and unspecified bipolar and related disorders: Bipolar symptoms that don’t fit any of the other types

Mood disorder related to another health condition:

  • Cancer
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Chronic illnesses

Substance-induced mood disorder:

  • Caused by medicine
  • Caused by drug abuse
  • Caused by alcoholism
  • Caused by exposure to toxins

How are mood disorders treated at RobinsPsych?

Mood disorders often respond well to psychotherapy, which offers support and education while helping to improve mood and teach patients how to maintain a better balance. Each type of therapy takes a different approach, so the expert professionals at RobinsPsych work with you to determine which approach suits your mental health needs.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you recognize the things that trigger depression or mania and change behaviors to prevent mood swings. Problem-solving therapy focuses on learning to cope with stressful experiences. Interpersonal therapy helps you understand relationships with others, and family therapy explores relationships with relatives.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

1199 National Benefits Fund, Aetna, Affinity, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Strategies, Blue Cross Blue Shield, EmblemHealth, Empire Plan, Fidelis, HealthFirst, Medicaid, Medicare, Metroplus, Neighborhood Health Plan, Optum, Oxford United Healthcare, Personal Injury, Railroad Medicare, United Healthcare Community Plan, Value Options, Wellcare. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

1199 National Benefit Fund
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beacon Health Strategies
Empire Plan
Neighborhood Health Plan
Oxford United Healthcare
Railroad Medicare