Request Appointment
calm psych logo

Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders services offered in Tempe and Gilbert, AZ

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by disturbances in a person's emotional state, affecting their mood, energy levels, and ability to function. At Calm Psych in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona, psychiatric mental health expert Priti Patel, MD, and the team offer compassionate care and effective treatment for individuals experiencing mood disorders. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

What are mood disorders?

A mood disorder is a condition that impacts a person's emotional state, leading to persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, or fluctuations in mood. Common symptoms of mood disorders include:

  • Persistent sadness or low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What are the different types of mood disorders?

There are many different types of mood disorders, each with its own unique symptoms and challenges. Some common types include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Characterized by extreme feelings of sadness or loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Symptoms may significantly impair daily functioning and last for weeks or months.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Alternating episodes of depression and mania or hypomania. Manic episodes are characterized by heightened mood, increased energy, and impulsivity, while depressive episodes involve intense sadness and low energy.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): Involves chronic, low-grade depression lasting for two years or more, with periods of more severe symptoms interspersed.
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): A severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) characterized by mood swings, irritability, and physical symptoms before menstruation.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Occurs seasonally, typically during the winter months, and is characterized by feelings of depression, fatigue, and lethargy.

How are mood disorders treated?

Treatment for mood disorders often involves a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and promote emotional well-being. Dr. [Your Name] offers comprehensive treatment options, including:

  • Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and other forms of talk therapy can help individuals identify and address negative thought patterns, develop coping skills, and improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Medication Management: Prescription medications, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms and stabilize mood.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Adopting healthy habits, such as light to moderate exercise, balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, and stress reduction techniques, can support overall well-being and complement other treatment modalities.

The Calm Psych team takes a personalized approach to treatment, collaborating closely with each patient to develop a plan that addresses their specific needs and goals.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mood disorder, don't hesitate to seek help. Schedule an appointment with the team today by phone or online to receive expert care and support in managing mood disorders and achieving greater emotional stability and well-being.