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We Address Symptoms at Their Source

At Balance Women's Health we provide individualized and attentive care with the goal of addressing symptoms at their source by using a comprehensive bio-psycho-social medical model. We strive for optimal health, not just symptom control. We work to enhance a woman’s quality of life and assist her in meeting her full potential by promoting a healthy mind, mood and body.

You will find that our physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and therapists provide a complete range of services including; comprehensive psychiatric, sexual and general health evaluations; medical and neurological examinations; expert consultation regarding medication options and individual and group therapy. We work with patients to ensure the highest level of personalized care, promoting wellness while providing emotional support and encouragement.

The Menstrual Cycle

For most women, physical and emotional symptoms of PMS such as abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, irritability, depressed mood, and difficulty concentrating are manageable aspects of the menstrual cycle. But in 3-8% of women, these symptoms are so severe that they impair ability to function. This syndrome is called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Many women with PMDD respond successfully to medications that have traditionally been used for depression.

Mood Disorders

Women typically experience a spectrum of moods, both positive and negative. But those suffering from mood disorders are subjected to extreme positive and negative emotions along with a loss of their sense of control over their emotional experiences. The irregularity of their moods is so severe that it causes them distress and interferes with their ability to function in their lives. Symptoms tend to occur in a cyclical fashion over an individual's life. Mood disorders encompass both Unipolar Depression, also referred to as Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder

Major depression affects up to 25% of women over their lifetimes, and women around the world have twice the prevalence of depression than men. Usually, a person is diagnosed with depression if they experience either depressed mood or loss of enjoyment in typically pleasurable things, along with symptoms such as:

  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Changes in sleep and activity
  • Lack of energy
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Problems thinking and making decisions, or
  • Recurring thoughts of death and suicide

Women suffering from major depression may also experience anxiety or, in severe cases, psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations.

Bipolar Disorder is a less common condition, in which a person experiences a period of depression followed by a manic "high". A manic episode is a period lasting at least a week marked by symptoms such as an abnormally elevated mood, exaggerated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, pressured speech, irritability or distractibility, and reckless or impulsive behaviors such as sexual indiscretion or spending sprees. A person in a manic phase may also experience psychotic 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.