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.
While all mood disorders are characterized by high and low moods, there are several different types:
Mood disorder related to another health condition:
Substance-induced mood disorder:
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.
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