The term “mood disorder” actually describes a class of mental health conditions rather than a single specific one – however, the hallmark of a mood disorder is chronic periods of low mood (depression) that are often severe and impossible for someone to regulate. If you’re struggling with an untreated mood disorder, you may not just feel constantly unhappy. You may feel out of control of your own emotions, and your quality of life may be significantly impacted.
Mood disorders can be detrimental to your relationships, your physical wellbeing, your ability to function, and your ability to enjoy life. That’s why Foundation Psychiatry is proud to provide comprehensive mood disorder treatment for patients throughout the Atlanta area. Our well-rounded approach utilizes both medication and therapy for mood disorders, and our board-certified psychiatry team is available to take appointments now.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mood disorder symptoms, it’s important to know that treatment is available. If you’re ready to address your symptoms and receive care from the top psychiatrist Atlanta has to offer, contact Foundation Psychiatry to schedule your appointment today.
Mood disorders make up a group of conditions, of which there are a few particularly common diagnoses. At Foundation Psychiatry, we typically see the following mood disorders:
Bipolar disorder, a condition defined by mood “cycles” that fluctuate from periods of depression to periods of “mania,” a state associated with high energy and mood, irritability, decreased need for sleep, and extreme goal-directed behaviors. Some patients with bipolar disorder also experience symptoms of psychosis.
Major depression, a condition during which a person has sad, hopeless feelings and other symptoms of depression for more than two weeks straight.
Dysthymia, a low-grade depression or irritability that has been ongoing for two years or more.
Substance-induced mood disorder, which indicates symptoms of depression induced by medication, alcohol, recreational drugs, or other substances.
While mood disorders affect every patient differently, some common signs of mood disorders we see at Foundation Psychiatry include:
A pervasive feeling of sadness, anxiety, or emotional numbness
Feeling excessively guilty
Low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness
Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
Difficulty maintaining interpersonal relationships
Feeling a loss of interest in activities that previously were enjoyable
Pervasive anger, irritability, or even hostility
Chronic fatigue and difficulty focusing
Having difficulty making rational decisions
Extreme sensitivity to failure and rejection
Headaches, stomachaches, and other physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment
Changes in appetite and bowel upset
Some people who are struggling with a mood disorder may even begin thinking of suicide, even in a passive manner known as “suicidal ideation.” If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts of any degree, now is the time to reach out for medical help.
At Foundation Psychiatry, Dr. Tumeh and his team of experienced mental health professionals can provide accurate diagnoses and help assist patients with ways to skillfully cope with symptoms of mood disorders.
To get the most effective care, your mood disorder treatment will begin with a full professional clinical evaluation. Dr. Tumeh and his team use a combination of proven techniques, including:
Psychotherapy aimed at promoting mood stability
Regulation of sleeping patterns
Additionally, Foundation Psychiatry is proud to offer cutting-edge Treatments for persistent, treatment-resistant depression that can be associated with mood disorders. We are fully certified to utilize Spravato, as well as ketamine to treat these disorders.
Patients who experience psychosis, including those with certain types of bipolar disorder, experience abnormal and unusual perceptions in hearing, seeing, or even thinking (e.g. delusional thinking and paranoia). These patients are treated with antipsychotic medications and psychotherapy aimed at recognizing abnormal perceptions and coping with them appropriately.
Mindfulness is a popular meditation technique that is designed to bring you “out of your head” and build your awareness of the physical world around you. For people with mood disorders, especially those who experience symptoms like anxiety attacks and severe depressive episodes, becoming mindful of one’s physical space can help break harmful thought cycles and “ground” the brain in reality.
The cost and copay of your medication will depend on your insurance provider and what seems to be the best medication for bipolar disorder or any other condition affecting you. However, most providers do cover generic versions of common mood disorder medications. If you have concerns about your coverage, reach out to our team, and we’ll discuss your options with you.
At Foundation Psychiatry, accessible mental health care is an important part of our mission. That’s why we make it simple to schedule an appointment with us. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out to finalize your appointment as quickly as possible.