Not all treatments are right for everyone, and not all aspects of mood disorders are negative. These conditions also bring strengths which are important to identify so they don't get lost in treatment. Our goal is to help patients find the right balance between the benefits of full treatment and the risks of overtreatment.
There are many kinds of mood disorders and an accurate diagnosis is essential to finding the right treatment. We use research-based diagnostic tests to make sure we are on the right path to customizing a treatment plan for the individual patient. We take a whole person approach, looking for the root cause of a patient's symptoms.
The cause of mood disorders is not well understood, but researchers think they are usually associated with changes in brain chemistry. There may also be a genetic component. Often, too, environmental factors such as stressful events can trigger the illness. Both major depression and bipolar disorder are illnesses that recur in episodes throughout a person's life. But with a combination of medication and psychotherapy, most people are able to manage their illness and regain control of their lives.
Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.