Mood disorders are characterized by an individual’s elevated and lowered moods. A mood disorder is a medical condition such as bipolar disorder and depression, which are disruptive to personal relationships, job responsibilities, and lifestyle. Since people with mood disorders often withdrawal from others in their community, they may suffer needlessly for months or years.
Mood disorders often co-occur in individuals with substance use disorder. Proper diagnosis of mood disorders is critical to successful, long-term recovery. Hanley Center at Origins can help.
MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
Types of Mood Disorders
Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder features alternating periods of depression and highly elevated mood or mania. Both extremes of the symptoms come with their challenges. The mania can impair the individual’s sense of reality and consequences, while the depressed mood periods include a lack of interest in normally enjoyable activities.
Persistent sadness, low self-esteem, hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, and decreased interest in activities for two weeks or more characterize a major depressive disorder (MDD). For most people, their first major depressive episode occurs in their mid-20s. Unfortunately, the earlier the onset of a major depressive episode, the more persistent and severe MDD can be into adulthood without proper treatment and support.
Individuals with dysthymia experience low-grade symptoms of depression that last for at least one year. Dysthymia is a persistent, milder form of MDD.
Substance-Induced Mood Disorder
Symptoms of depression can be triggered when an individual is attempting to withdrawal from addictive drugs. Symptoms of these substance-induced mood disorders can be especially severe when stopping the misuse of heroin and methamphetamines.
Treatment of Mood Disorders
Hanley Center’s multidisciplinary team has a 35-year legacy of quality dual-diagnosis care, featuring essential techniques, clinical perspectives, and therapeutic modalities including:
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