Clients who suffer from these disorders often experience guilt over their inability to control their sadness, unstable moods, and impulsive behavior. Well-meaning friends or family members can exacerbate this guilt by telling suffers to “cheer up”. But Mood Disorder sufferers are not able to simply stop feeling depressed or change their moods at will. These disorders have a biochemical basis and must be dealt with by a caring and competent mental health practitioner. Following is a list of the more frequent Mood Disorders treated at Roy Psychotherapy.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder occurs most frequently in adults, although children and the elderly may also be affected. Sufferers of this disorder may experience changes in appetite, reduced energy levels, difficulty maintaining their sleep cycle, irritability, difficulty concentrating, feelings of despair, guilt, and worthlessness, and persistent thoughts of suicide. Like any mental illness, Major Depressive Disorder is not the result of negative thinking or self-indulgence, but is rather a genuine mental illness caused at least partially by a biochemical imbalance. Roy Psychotherapy’s mental health professionals can diagnose this illness and help sort through any confusion clients may have regarding their condition. Our clinic specialists have successfully treated many clients who seek assistance for this disorder.
Bipolar Disorder is characterized by frequent and unpredictable shifts in mood and behavior. During the “high” period, bipolar persons experience a surge of euphoria and physical energy. While this may seem ideal, the emotions and perceptions in the euphoric phase of Bipolar Disorder form a distorted, manic caricature of true happiness. Risky financial decisions, reckless driving, and other inappropriate behaviors result from these manic episodes. A sharp downturn follows, bringing with it depression, lack of energy, confusion, fearfulness, despair and thoughts of suicide. Sufferers of bipolar disorder constantly struggle to navigate the endless treadmill of emotional fluctuations that may range from elation to suicidal despair within an extremely short period of time.
Mood disorders do not always manifest in a dramatic display of symptoms. Sufferers of Dysthymic Disorder experience many of the challenges faced by those with Major Depressive Disorder. Low self-esteem, indecisiveness, and persistent fatigue remain. The danger of Dysthymic Disorder lies in its insidious ability to gradually assume control of a patient’s life before they become aware of it. Those affected by this disorder may feel that because their symptoms aren’t severe, they should be able to overcome them. But studies show that untreated Dysthymic Disorder can lead to work difficulties, unstable family relationships, and even early death.
Cyclothymic Disorder can be described as a milder form of Bipolar Disorder. Episodes of elation, decreased sleep, rapid speech, excitement, increased sex drive, increased risk-taking behavior, and over-spending are followed by a period of depression, guilt, low energy levels, despair and suicidal thoughts. Although the symptoms of Cyclothymic Disorder are less severe than those of Bipolar Disorder, they may still have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of those who struggle with this illness. Without treatment, sufferers of Cyclothymic Disorder are at increased risk of developing full-blow Bipolar Disorder. For this reason, it is critical to seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with one of the disorders listed above, or if you would like to know more about the specialized treatment programs which Roy Psychotherapy offers for these disorders, contact us today for a free, no-obligation and strictly confidential consultation. Our intake specialists will assist you with all of your therapeutic needs and concerns, and support you on your journey toward optimal mental health.