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What We Treat

Mood Disorders

Children, teens, and adults can be affected by mood disorders. We tailor treatments according to each person's experiences and needs, incorporating the latest research about effective treatments.

Health professionals use the term mood disorder to describe all types of depression and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders include major depression, dysthymia (dysthymic disorder), DMDD (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder), bipolar disorder, mood disorders induced by general medical conditions, and substance abuse disorders

Where to Begin

The treatments we utilize are evidence-based and seek to help children, adolescents, and young adults to successfully remedy symptoms and maintain their success over time. 

An individual’s treatment may also involve parents and/or family members. 

A Personal Approach

The clinicians at the Counseling Center Group take a personal approach to each patient and family, understanding that no two children, adolescents, or young adults are the same, and treatment should be tailored as needed.

Tell-tale Signs of a Mood Disorder

Mood disorders are often associated with the following symptoms:

Key Benefits of Therapy

  • Reduces depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
  • Teaches effective stress and emotional management techniques.
  • Boosts confidence and self-awareness.
  • Improves communication and interpersonal skills.
  •  Lessens sleep issues and concentration problems.
  • Offers professional guidance and a safety network.
  • Develops skills for handling future challenges.
  • Improves overall enjoyment of life.

Therapeutic Approaches for Mood Disorders

Therapy for mood disorders can involve a range of approaches, each tailored to address specific needs:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, helping to alleviate symptoms and improve daily functioning.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Emphasizes emotional regulation and mindfulness, aiming to manage intense emotions and improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Targets issues in personal relationships, enhancing communication and relationship skills to better manage social interactions and reduce stress.
  • Family-Focused Therapy (FFT) : Involves family members in treatment to improve communication and support systems, essential for managing mood disorders effectively.

These therapies can be adapted for individual or group settings, offering flexible and effective options for managing and treating mood disorders.

Mood Disorder FAQ'S

Mood disorders include a diverse range of conditions that affect a person’s emotional state. Here several types of mood disorders:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Characterized by prolonged periods of sadness or a lack of interest in daily activities, significantly impacting life functions.

Bipolar Disorder: Features alternating episodes of emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression), affecting mood, energy, and activity levels.

Dysthymia (Persistent Depressive Disorder): This chronic form of depression has symptoms that are less severe than major depression but can persist for two years or more.

Cyclothymic Disorder: A milder form of bipolar disorder with fluctuating low-level depressive symptoms and hypomanic episodes over at least two years.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): A type of depression that occurs at the same season each year, usually winter, linked to reduced natural sunlight.

Postpartum Depression: Significant, persistent depressive symptoms occurring after the birth of a child, which can interfere with maternal health and infant care.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): A severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) characterized by emotional and physical symptoms that disrupt daily life.

Each of these disorders has unique features and symptoms, requiring tailored therapeutic approaches for effective management and treatment.

Yes, mood disorders are treatable. Treatment typically involves a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. These approaches help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life for those affected by mood disorders.

To explore therapy options tailored to your needs, contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Yes, we do offer a variety of groups, including DBT skills groups which can be highly beneficial for individuals with mood disorders. DBT focuses on teaching skills in mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness, helping participants manage intense emotions and improve relationships. Contact us to find out more about our DBT groups and how they can support your mental health needs.

The Counseling Center Group is considered an out-of-network provider, so it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to see what kind of coverage you have for therapy, especially for mood disorders. Look into your out-of-network benefits to find out what costs might be covered and what you might need to pay out of pocket. ​

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

We Can Help.

If you or a loved one are struggling with some of the above challenges related to Mood Disorders, we are here to help.