Navigating The Storm: Mood Disorder Counseling
For many, life is a rollercoaster of emotions — sometimes touching the skies with happiness, while other times diving deep into the shadows. While it’s natural to experience a range of emotions, living with mood disorders can feel like being trapped on an endless loop, experiencing frequent and intense highs and lows. At Shield Bearer, we’re here to help you find balance, stability, and a new path forward.
The Struggles of Mood Disorders
A mood disorder isn’t a mere fluctuation in emotions but rather a profound and persistent disruption that affects daily functioning. They can manifest in various forms, from major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder to seasonal affective disorder and more. Their origins can be intricate, often weaving together genetics, brain chemistry, and life experiences. Major struggles associated with mood disorders include:
Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
Individuals often grapple with deep-seated emotions, feeling consistently downcast and devoid of optimism, struggling to find joy or envision a brighter future.
Extreme mood swings
This involves intense emotional fluctuations, where elation can swiftly turn to deep despair. Such unpredictable shifts can be draining and disorienting for the individual.
Loss of interest
Activities and hobbies that once brought pleasure become dull or burdensome. This indifference can significantly reduce an individual’s quality of life and personal fulfillment.
Physical symptoms such as fatigue, weight changes, and sleep disturbances
Mood disorders often manifest physically, causing chronic tiredness, unexpected weight fluctuations, and inconsistent sleep patterns, further exacerbating emotional challenges.
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Individuals might experience cognitive disruptions, finding it challenging to focus on tasks, make choices, or process information, often feeling overwhelmed.
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Burdened by profound self-criticism, individuals may feel undeserving of happiness, constantly ruminating over perceived failures or believing they’re a burden to others.
Social withdrawal or isolation
Preferring solitude over companionship, individuals might distance themselves from loved ones and social gatherings, leading to feelings of loneliness and further emotional distress.
Thoughts of self-harm
Some individuals may experience invasive thoughts of harming themselves or contemplate ending their lives, signifying extreme emotional pain and necessitating immediate professional intervention.
Understanding Mood Disorders
Mood disorders encompass a range of emotional disturbances that affect one’s ability to function and enjoy life. From the debilitating lows of depression to the manic highs of bipolar disorder, these conditions can be overwhelming. But with the right support, understanding, and treatment, they can be managed.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Also known simply as depression, MDD is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in most activities. Individuals may also experience changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal thoughts.
This disorder involves episodes of mania (elevated mood, increased energy, and hyperactivity) alternating with episodes of depression. There are different types of bipolar disorder based on the severity and pattern of mood swings, including Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothymic Disorder.
Dysthymia (Persistent Depressive Disorder)
This is a chronic form of depression where individuals experience depressive symptoms for a longer duration (at least two years), but they may be less severe than major depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
A type of depression that occurs at a specific time of year, usually in the winter when daylight is reduced. Symptoms are similar to major depression but are tied to a particular season.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
A severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) characterized by significant mood disturbances such as irritability, sadness, and tension in the two weeks before menstruation.
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
A childhood condition characterized by severe temper outbursts that are out of proportion to the situation and inconsistent with the child’s developmental level.
Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder
Depression that is directly related to the use of a drug (recreational or medicinal), alcohol, or exposure to a toxin.
Depressive Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition
Depression that is a direct physiological consequence of a known medical condition, such as hypothyroidism or Parkinson’s disease.
Adjustment Disorders with Depressed Mood
Emotional and behavioral symptoms, including depression, that develop in response to a specific stressor or life event.
A type of mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others.
Your Path to Emotional Balance Starts Here
Living with a mood disorder can be challenging, but with the right support, you can find balance and joy in life. Let us be your guiding light through the storm.
Our Comprehensive Services For Anxiety
Our therapists work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, ensuring that therapy addresses your specific challenges.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
A proven method for treating mood disorders, CBT helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors.
If needed, we collaborate with psychiatrists to ensure that any prescribed medications are effective and well-tolerated.
We offer guidance on sleep, nutrition, and exercise, all of which can influence mood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Diagnosis should be made by a healthcare professional. If you suspect you have a mood disorder, please reach out to us for an assessment.
The duration of therapy varies for each individual. Some may benefit from short-term therapy, while others may require longer-term support.
Yes, we offer both in-person and online counseling sessions to cater to your needs.