A mood disorder involves a general emotional mood or state that’s distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances. This mood or state interferes with your daily activities and your ability to function.
You might feel extremely empty or irritable, sad, or have periods of being excessively happy and euphoric, known as mania, alternating with depressive periods.
Children, adolescents, and adults can develop mood disorders. Children don’t have always have the same symptoms as adults and it’s usually more difficult to diagnose mood disorders in children since they aren’t always able to express their feelings.
Multiple factors contribute to mood disorders, including life events and stressful life changes, family history and genetics, and an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
There are many types of mood disorders, including:
Other mood disorders include postpartum depression, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, substance-induced mood disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia).
You should visit Dr. Buffington about your mood disorder if you:
If you have suicidal behaviors or thoughts, seek emergency treatment as soon as you can.
Mood disorders don’t typically go away on their own. Dr. Buffington works with you to treat your mood disorder using a personalized treatment plan to help you feel more in control of your mood fluctuations, while also providing you with ways of health coping.
In addition to psychotherapy, medications like mood stabilizers and antidepressants are also effective in the treatment of mood disorders. As such, Dr. Ryan Buffington works collaboratively to provide psychiatric services as needed.
If a mood disorder is a lingering problem in your life, call Buffington Family Medicine to schedule an appointment.