Mood Disorder Treatment in Florida
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About 20 percent of the population suffers from a mood disorder. Mood disorders include psychological disorders such as depression and bipolar disease. These terms refer to a group of conditions and sub-conditions that doctors use to indicate the severity of the disease.
Mood disorder treatment in Florida is available at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. If you have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, please call us at (800) 493-5253 for information on treatment options at JourneyPure Emerald Coast.
Mood Disorders Explained
Mood disorders affect approximately 20.9 million Americans. Mood disorders may be diagnosed at any time in your life. They affect both men and women, and their symptoms vary. They can be so mild that people don’t even know they have them or a serious disease that keeps people from working or living a normal life.
Common mood disorders include:
- Major depressive disorder — Major depressive disorder is a serious condition in which someone remains depressed for two years or longer. A persistent low, dark mood, loss of joy or interest in life and bleak thoughts all accompany major depressive disorder.
- Postpartum depression — A form of depression that only affects women after they give birth, its signs include severe depression, crying, anxiety and panic attacks, and difficulty bonding with a newborn. It is often triggered by hormonal disruptions.
- Dysthymic depressive disorder — This is considered a “milder” form of major depressive disorder. Dysthymic disorder is characterized by moodiness and dark moods that come and go frequently for two years or more.
- Bipolar disorder — Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder characterized by periods of extreme elation or euphoria, periods of normalcy and periods of extreme depression. The key word is “extreme.” People with bipolar disorder may cycle through these periods for months or years.
- Cyclothymia — Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder. Moods swing up and down, but they don’t reach the drastic levels of bipolar disorder.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — This is a form of depression triggered by the lack of sunlight during the winter. It is a cyclical depression that begins and ends around the same time each year.
All of these diseases and disorders are treatable with therapy, medication or a combination of both. Today, many people suffering from mood disorders are living healthy, normal lives.
Mood Disorders and Addiction
Mood disorders are so frequently found among people suffering from addiction that the term “dual diagnosis” is often applied. A dual diagnosis means that someone has been diagnosed with substance abuse disorder and another psychiatric disorder, most often mood disorders.
Whether or not someone starts out with depression and ends up abusing substances, or people begin using substances and develop a mood disorder is debatable. There’s evidence for both scenarios. Knowing which began first doesn’t affect treatment options. Both the substance abuse problem and the accompanying mood disorder require treatment.
Substance abuse can change the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Scientists believe that neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine help people feel pleasure and happiness. When you abuse drugs or alcohol, your body releases these chemicals in abundance, or the neurons that receive them are changed. The resulting imbalance can make the original mood disorder even worse or trigger potential mood disorders.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Mood Disorders
There’s no blood test or scan to diagnose mood disorders. If you suspect you have a mood disorder, a psychiatrist can diagnose it by listening to your medical history, family history and symptom history. Common symptoms of mood disorders include:
- Problems with sleep. These may include frequent insomnia or sleeping too much. Sleep quality greatly influences mental health, and substance abuse often makes bad sleeping habits worse. Don’t ignore problems with sleep, especially if they are accompanied by substance abuse or signs of depression.
- Difficulty concentrating. The inability to focus on important tasks can indicate depression or anxiety.
- Loss of interest in life. A once-active person who refuses invitations, stops exercising, ignores friends and family, and ignores loved hobbies may have depression or anxiety.
- Persistent hopelessness. If feelings of hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness last more than two weeks, get checked for depression.
- Suicidal thoughts. Never ignore threats or attempts at suicide.
People with both mood disorders and substance abuse disorder may not even be aware they have a mood disorder until they recover. It’s often during recovery when the underlying feelings resurface, and you can be accurately diagnosed with any additional mood disorder that you might be suffering from in addition to substance abuse problems.
At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, you’ll participate in both individual and group therapy at our mood disorder treatment program in Florida. There are many new medications available to treat mood disorders that help alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety and mood swings without the unpleasant side effects of older medications. If you need medicine, a doctor can prescribe it for you.
Therapy is also a valuable tool. You can learn coping skills to handle mood disorders. Group and individual therapy offer useful feedback and insights for people with mood disorders.
Get Treatment for Mood Disorders Now
If you or someone you care about suffers from a mood disorder — or you suspect it’s a problem — get in touch with JourneyPure Emerald Coast. Mental health contributes to substance abuse and the ability to recover. Therapy and non-addictive medication can greatly reduce the urge to abuse drugs or alcohol. If your loved one suffers from a mental health condition not classified as a mood disorder — such as PTSD or ADD/ADHD — we can also help. Whatever your concern, call us for more information.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers dual diagnosis treatment at our beachside Florida center. Here you’ll find licensed therapists and addiction counselors who can help you better understand your problems and learn how to live without substance abuse. We can help you build a firm foundation for your recovery, so you can cope with mood disorders without turning to drugs or alcohol.
Learn more by calling JourneyPure Emerald Coast today at (800) 493-5253.