Mood Disorder

Mental Health & Family Practice located in Bowie, MD
Mood Disorder

Mood Disorder services offered in Bowie, MD

Mood disorders such as dysthymia, depression, and bipolar disorder can cause such severe changes in your emotions that it’s hard to function in everyday life. If you’re dreading each day because of the struggle with your emotions, visit Johanese Sandy, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and his team at Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services in Bowie, Maryland. They help people of all ages overcome mood disorders and related mental health conditions. To find out more about mood disorders, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Mood Disorder Q&A

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are psychiatric conditions that negatively affect your feelings. They can distort your thoughts and emotions so severely it’s difficult to function in everyday life.

Common mood disorders include:

Major depressive disorder (MDD)

MDD (depression) causes persistent and often extreme feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness.

Bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder switch between depression and mania, where they feel energized and overconfident or having low mood. These mood swings can be extreme in patients with bipolar 1 disorder. Cyclothymic disorder is a form of the condition that causes less severe mood swings.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD results in depression caused by low light levels. It’s most common during the winter when there’s limited daylight.

Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

Dysthymia is a form of long-term depression that persists for years.

Conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also share many features of mood disorders.

What symptoms are common with mood disorders?

Mood disorder symptoms vary depending on the condition you have. Depressive disorders cause a low mood where you’re sad and miserable for extended periods. You might withdraw from activities you enjoy, distance yourself from friends and family, cry frequently, and have difficulty focusing your mind.

Some mood disorders have the opposite effect, so you feel overexcited and restless. The manic phase of bipolar disorder might make you feel euphoric and invulnerable to the extent that you behave recklessly.

People with the same mood disorder often experience different symptoms. For example, some people with depression develop insomnia and find it difficult to get much sleep. Others might sleep for 12 hours at night and have naps during the day.

What treatments can help with mood disorders?

The Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team provides several treatments for mood disorders. After performing a detailed evaluation, they tailor your treatment to suit your unique needs. 

Medications and therapy are the primary treatments for mood disorders. Medications include antidepressants for depressive disorders and stimulants for ADHD. Bipolar disorder treatment is often more complex, requiring a mood stabilizer as well as an antidepressant.

Talk therapies for mood disorders include interpersonal psychotherapy, which helps you process problems and traumas that trigger or worsen your condition. Another helpful approach is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on adjusting flawed thinking to help you cope with life’s daily challenges.

To benefit from personalized treatment for your mood disorder, call Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services today or book an appointment online.