Mood disorders can affect your life in many areas — work, relationships, sleep, and self-esteem. The Aloha Integrative Health medical team in San Diego, California, has the expertise and experience to diagnose mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression, and provides solutions to give you the help you need. Reach out to the office today to get the quality care you deserve. Call today or book online any time.

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What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are a category of mental health conditions characterized by disturbances in your emotional state and overall mood. These disorders can significantly affect your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.

What causes mood disorders?

The causes of mood disorders are complex and can involve a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

Genetic predisposition plays a role, as individuals with a family history of mood disorders are more likely to develop them. Imbalances in certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine, also contribute to mood dysregulation.

Stressful life events, trauma, chronic medical conditions, substance abuse, and hormonal imbalances can also increase the risk of developing a mood disorder.

What are the different types of mood disorders?

There are several types of mood disorders, each characterized by distinct symptoms and patterns of mood disturbances. Some of the most common ones include:

Major depressive disorder (MDD) 

MDD is marked by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities.

Bipolar disorder 

Bipolar disorder involves alternating periods of extreme highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is a milder form of bipolar disorder, characterized by chronic mood fluctuations between mild depression and hypomania.

If you have concerns about having a mood disorder, Aloha Integrative Health can provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

How are mood disorders treated?

Treatment for mood disorders often involves a combination of therapy and medication. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT), can help you identify and modify negative thought patterns, develop healthy coping strategies, and improve your overall functioning.

Antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)  are commonly used for MDD. Mood stabilizers, such as lithium or anticonvulsant medications, are often prescribed for bipolar disorder to help control mood swings. In some cases, antipsychotic medications may also be used to manage severe symptoms.

Aloha Integrative Health has a holistic therapy approach to help you achieve wellness for your whole being. They encourage lifestyle modifications that include:

  • Engaging in regular physical exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Managing stress

These actions can play a significant role in managing mood disorders. Support from family, friends, and support groups can also provide valuable emotional encouragement.

To schedule an evaluation at Aloha Integrative Health, call or book an appointment online today.