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Mood Disorder Treatment Program In Panama City Beach FL

While anyone can feel sad or even depressed at any given time, mood disorders tend to be more intense and more difficult to manage.

Mood disorders are likely caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals. Life events such as moving, the end of an important relationship, job transition, or a death in the family can contribute to the onset of a mood disorder. Mood disorders also tend to run in families.

The risk of depression in women is nearly twice as high as it is for men. Once a person in the family has a depression diagnosis, brothers, sisters, or children run a higher risk of receiving the same diagnosis at some point in life. Also, relatives of people with depression are also at increased risk for bipolar disorder.

Types Of

Mood Disorders

Some examples of mood disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder is characterized by prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness.
  • Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, is a depression that includes alternating periods of depression, or “lows,” and mania, or “highs.”
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)is a form of depression brought on by the fewer daylight hours in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring.
  • Cyclothymic disorder is a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs, but less extreme than bipolar disorder.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is characterized by mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman’s cycle and go away with the onset of menses.
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)is a long-term or chronic form of depression.
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is a disorder of chronic, severe, and persistent irritability in children. This includes frequent temper tantrums that are inconsistent with the child’s developmental age.
  • Depression related to medical illness occurs when a person finds themselves in a persistent depressed mood, including the loss of pleasure in most or all activities, that is directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition.
  • Depression induced by substance use or medication.

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Mood Disorder Treatment Program in Panama City Beach, FL

Mood disorders are some of the most complex mental health conditions in the world. For people who struggle with mood disorders like major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, their lives can be difficult to manage. For some, simply getting out of bed can be an all-day struggle.

The wear and tear that a mood disorder can cause within one’s life can make turning to the use of drugs or alcohol an inviting option. Unfortunately, even though a person might think that drinking or using drugs helps better control the symptoms of their mood disorder, it does the opposite. And, as one’s mood disorder gets worse, the symptoms that he or she can then experience will be more persistent, severe, and upsetting.

Types of Mood Disorders

The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 20.9 million people (or 9.5% of the American population) have a mood disorder. Additionally, 45% of those with a mood disorder will experience severe symptoms associated with their disorder. Mood disorders include the following:

  • Major depressive disorder – a mood disorder that produces a persistently depressed mood that impacts functionality in everyday life
  • Bipolar disorder – a disorder where episodes of alternating depression and mania, also known as manic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder – depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually during winter months when there is less sunlight and warmth
  • Cyclothymic disorder – a disorder where moods go from depression to hypomania, but that are not as severe as those produced through major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder – a disorder where severe anxiety, depression, and irritability occur one to two weeks prior to a woman’s menstrual cycle
  • Persistent depressive disorder – a disorder similar to depression, however symptoms and the duration of the disorder last much longer
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder – a mood disorder that occurs in children and causes them to experience extreme irritability, intense temper outbursts, and anger in more than one setting

People can also experience depression, which is the most common of mood disorders, when they are experiencing a medical illness or when they are abusing drugs and/or alcohol. In fact, countless people with depression and other mood disorders abuse addictive substances and vice versa. When this is the case, those who are battling both conditions at the same time can benefit most from receiving professional treatment for their co-occurring disorder.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are when a substance use disorder and a mental illness are happening simultaneously. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report that roughly 7.9 million people have a co-occurring disorder, which is also known as a dual diagnosis. People with a co-occurring disorder can have any type of mental illness occurring at the same time as a substance use disorder, including mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, or persistent depressive disorder, as well as anxiety, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other common mental health conditions.

Research shows that those people who have one or more mental health disorders are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as a means of coping. For many, drinking or using drugs helps them to feel like they are able to control their symptoms by abusing substances that produce euphoric highs or those that trigger a strong sense of detachment. Being able to drown out symptoms like anger and sadness with substances is often attractive to those with a mood disorder.

When a mood disorder and a substance use disorder is occurring at the same time, it is imperative to get the appropriate treatment to address both problems. In the past, people with co-occurring conditions would only be treated when they stopped abusing whatever substance they were addicted to. Today, both the mental illness and the substance use disorder are treated at the exact same time, as studies show several benefits in approaching co-occurring conditions in this manner.  

Treatment for Mood Disorders in Panama City Beach, FL

People presenting with symptoms of a mood disorder can receive a diagnosis from a mental health professional during a detailed evaluation of medical and family history. When a diagnosis such as this has been made, a treatment plan can be put in place.

Treatment for mood disorders in Panama City Beach, FL at JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers scientifically-proven combined and comprehensive treatment for mood disorders and substance use disorders that are occurring at the same time. We believe that when only one issue is being treated at a time, instead of helping stabilize the patient, it creates an imbalance that is not beneficial to the patient at all, which is why we approach this particular condition in this manner.

We ensure that when treating mood disorders in Panama City Beach, FL, we are providing care that addresses each patient’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. We do this through the implementation of medically-assisted detox and a number of evidence-based therapies, both of which can begin to restore the patient’s complete health so that he or she can remain in recovery for a lifetime.

Get Professional Help Today

JourneyPure Emerald Coast is proud to offer treatment for mood disorders in Panama City Beach, FL. We know how mood disorders can greatly decrease one’s quality of life, especially when a substance use disorder is occurring at the same time. Our educated and experienced mental health professionals, paired with our other healthcare providers, offer all patients an environment where they can begin to address their needs in order to build a happy, healthy, and functional life.

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and are also experiencing a mood disorder like those mentioned above, do not let another day go by without getting help. We know how difficult it can be to ask for help, however, once that first step is made, you can start making changes that will take you from constantly struggling with your mood to learning how to cope and manage your mental illness and substance use disorder.

Do not wait anymore. Call us right now to get treatment for mood disorders in Panama City Beach, FL.

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