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Anxiety, Depression, & Mood Disorders

Our clinic offers evidence-based therapies and interventions to treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.

Anxiety, Depression, & Mood Disorders

Everyone experiences low periods now and then, but if your feelings of sadness linger for two or more weeks, you may suffer from depression. Depression is a very common but serious mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness and lack of interest in daily life. With the right treatment, recovery from depression is possible.

If you are experiencing anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, anxiety disorders are widely recognized as the most common form of mental illness in the United States. They affect millions of adults in the United States each year. Luckily, anxiety disorders are highly treatable.

Depression & anxiety are commonly co-ocurring disorders and have similar treatments.

We treat depression:

  • Post-Partum Depression (PPD): About 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression and anxiety during the first year after giving birth. Women with postpartum depression often feel anxious or overwhelmed and may have persistent, unwanted feelings. These feelings can make it difficult for new mothers to perform daily care activities for themselves or their baby.

  • Major Depressive Disorder: When people use the term clinical depression, they are generally referring to major depressive disorder (MDD). Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder characterized by a number of key features: depressed mood, lack of interest in activities normally enjoyed, changes in weight, changes in sleep, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of death and suicide.

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD): Dysthymia, now known as persistent depressive disorder, refers to a type of chronic depression present for more days than not for at least two years. It can be mild, moderate, or severe.

  • Bipolar Disorder: The vast majority of those with bipolar disorder also have episodes of major depression.

  • High-Functioning Depression: Patients with high-functioning depression appear fine by all outward appearances, but are struggling internally. It is common for patients with high-functioning depression to perform daily tasks and activities normally.

  • Seasonal Depression: Seasonal depression typically occurs along with winter months when there is less natural sunlight. Winter depression is often accompanied by increased sleep, weight gain and social withdrawal. This type of depression returns annually.

We treat anxiety:

  • General Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders are characterized by either a general feeling of excessive fear, such as an emotional response to a perceived or real threat, or general anxiety, such as worrying about a future threat. This constant fear and worry can lead to negative emotional and behavioral consequences such as stress or exhaustion.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by obsessive, intrusive thoughts that trigger related compulsive behaviors. These behaviors are performed to relieve the anxiety that is associated with obsessive thoughts.

  • Trauma & Stress Disorders: These disorders are related to the experience of trauma, such as a car accident, or a stressor, such as divorce or starting college.

  • Social Anxiety: Characterized by everyday interactions which cause significant anxiety, self-consciousness and embarrassment because of fear of being scrutinized or judged negatively by others. Fear and anxiety lead to avoidance that can disrupt a person's life, affect their relationships, daily routines, work, school, and other activities.

  • Panic Disorder: An anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.

Mood Disorders

A mood disorder is a mental health condition that primarily affects a person's emotional state. With a mood disorder, a person experiences long periods of extreme happiness, extreme sadness, or both.

It is normal for anyone's moods to change, depending on the situation. To be diagnosed with a mood disorder, however, symptoms must be present for several weeks or longer. 

Typically mood disorders cause changes in a person's behavior and affect daily routines and activities such as work, school, and relationships.

Treating mood disorders depends on the specific presenting condition and symptoms. Usually, therapy will involve a combination of psychotherapy (aka "talk therapy") and medication.

Click here to learn more about the 5 most common mood disorders

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”


Therapy Outcomes:

Often, therapy and anxiety can be treated with similar modalities. Using effective modalities for you (CBT, DBT, EMDR, etc.) we'll help you:

  • Learn relaxation techniques, such as meditation & breathing exercises.

  • Understand how to talk with family members and friends about your depression/anxiety, and how they can be helpful.

  • Engage in regular exercise to help alleviate your symptoms.

  • Consider medication. Medications have proved useful in treating both anxiety & depression.

  • Find a support group

  • Gradually improve your symptoms so you can return to activities you avoided because of anxiety.

  • Identify and challenge your negative thoughts, replacing them with new thoughts that are more accurate and positive.

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