Therapy for Mood Disorders

Marcia Hesselgrave

Therapy for Mood Disorders

A mood disorder is a mental health condition that affects  your emotional state or mood. It can cause significant changes in your mood, energy level, and ability to function in daily life.

There are different types of mood disorders, but the two most commonly diagnosed are major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder.

If you are suffering from MDD, you may be experiencing a loss of interest or pleasure in most activities, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and an inability to concentrate.

In addition you may be experiencing physical symptoms, such as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and energy levels.

If you are suffering from bipolar disorder, you may be experiencing periods of depression and episodes of mania or hypomania. During manic episodes, you may experience feeling euphoric, have high energy levels, engage in risky behavior, and experience a decreased need for sleep. 
Other types of mood disorders include persistent depressive disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). These conditions can cause continuous feelings of sadness or mood swings that interfere with daily life.

Mood disorders can be caused by various factors, such as genetics, brain chemistry, life events, and environmental factors. Treatment may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

Treatment for Mood Disorders:

    • Shift from depressive self-talk and beliefs to reality-based alternatives that enhance emotional regulation and increase daily functioning.
    • The development of a positive problem orientation in which problems and solving them are viewed as a natural part of life and not something to be feared, despaired, or avoided.
    • Collaboration with practitioners,  prescribers, and  supportive persons to develop a treatment plan reinforcing client’s emotional-social-behavioral changes. 
    • It is essential that you seek professional help if you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing a mood disorder.
    • Marcia Hesselgrave is an experienced therapist serving the Cuyahoga and Lorain County areas and the Northwest suburbs of Cleveland as an expert in helping patients heal from trauma, mood disorders, improving relationships, and improving life balance. 

Would you like help reducing work-related stress, breaking free from dysfunctional family dynamics,  healing from trauma, and mood disorders, improving relationships, and improving life balance?


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