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Mood Disorders Treatment

Depression

Depression is an insidious disease. It can take hold before you realize it. Maybe you’ve lived with low-grade depression for years. Or you may have recurring severe episodes. It may also be episodic, such as part of grief and loss.

Regardless of how it arrived, it will bring suffering into your life.

Symptoms include:

  • Low energy
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Reduced sexual performance
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Frequent sadness
  • Crying spells
  • Isolation from family and friends

With proper treatment, depression can be managed and you can feel better. You don’t have to suffer. Depending on the severity, medication can alleviate some symptoms.

Anxiety

Anxiety and depression can occur at the same time. And like depression, anxiety can range from a constant low-grade level to a full blown panic attack. Much of anxiety is rooted in the anticipation of a future threat, real or perceived.

Anxiety symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Avoiding people
  • Intestinal distress
  • Chest tightness and pain
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances

Social anxiety is a conscious avoidance of interacting with other people. This can lead to isolation and lack of friendships.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder results in mood swings between depression and an abnormally elevated mood. These cycles can occur with varying frequency. This is a serious, lifelong, medical condition that, if untreated, can lead to serious problems.

Research shows that the best treatment for a bipolar person is medication and talk therapy. With proper treatment, a bipolar person can live a happy, fulfilling life.

It’s important to remember that being bipolar is not who you are. It’s not your identity. It doesn’t define you. It can be helpful to separate the condition from your true self.

With virtually all mood disorders, counseling can give you a safe place to talk openly and honestly about how you feel. Having someone to talk to who is nonjudgmental and actively supportive can be a weight lifted off your shoulders.