Mood Disorders

Mood disorders

refer  to depression and bi-polar disorder.  Depression and mania are at opposite ends of the mood spectrum.  Many people confuse anxiety with a type of mood. Technically, anxiety is excessive fear, worry or dread. These are “affectations”. They come and go more quickly than moods. Like the weather is to the climate, affectation is to mood.  Anxiety, even if its chronic,  is different than a widely fluctuating mood.

Anxiety itself is complex. There are many variations. They include: generalized anxiety, panic, phobia, post traumatic stress and obsessive compulsive disorder. Each of these diagnoses  involve different parts of the brain.

Mood Disorders and the Brain

The neuro-chemistry of mood disorders is as complex as anxiety. However, neuroscience confirms that certain types of psychotherapy can have a corrective  impact. Turning Point Psychotherapy emphasizes these special forms of talk therapy. mood disorders

Many clients take medication to treat mood disorders.  They often find that without effective psychotherapy, they continue to experience depression, manic or hypo-manic episodes.

We see the value in many psychiatric medications for helping with mood disorders. We help clients manage their medications effectively. We do collaborate with prescribing physicians. However, our belief is that with proper and comprehensive care, individuals may experience a full recovery and transition off of their  medication. We believe mood disorders may be temporary.  This helps clients see maximum benefit in their treatment programs.

Nature or Nuture:  Does it Matter for Mood Disorders?

Mental health  professionals may  distinguish biological from situational depression.  If a person experiences disturbing events or situations which are severe enough to produce clinical depression,  there is a biological component involved.

In other words, difficult situations can destabilize otherwise healthy brain neuro-chemistry.  Some individuals  are born with genetic predispositions to depression. They might live without symptoms until a major life stressor hits. Perhaps they lose a job or get a divorce or some other tragic event takes place.  In times of duress or crisis, negative thinking is common to many. From the standpoint of a cognitive behavior therapist, thoughts create feelings which create behaviors.  Without professional help in times of duress, we likely resort to  thinking and behaviors that unwittingly  reinforce biological or  situational depression.

Turning Point Psychotherapy is an effective way to treat mood disorders because it helps improve brain chemistry and functioning naturally. This is because of the cognitive component involved in mood and anxiety.

  1. Treat Anxiety
  2. Treat Bipolar Disorder
  3. Depression Symptoms

If you are struggling with a mood or anxiety problem and have relied solely on medication, you may find that psychotherapy can lessen the struggle.

The human mind and body heal with the help of thinking and language. Turning Point Psychotherapy helps you become aware of cognitive processes that can keep a mood disorder in place. Without knowledge of these processes it is difficult to be the master of your perceptions. You are more likely instead to be their victim.