Mood Disorder Treatment in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus
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Mood Disorder Doctors at KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry
KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry provides compassionate, individualized mood disorder treatment in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus areas. We’re proud to provide our patients with access to the area’s top mood disorder doctors, readily available through our convenient online telehealth services.
What Are Mood Disorders?
Mood disorders are mental illnesses that mainly affect a person’s emotional state. These can be intense, short-term bursts of emotion, long-term disruptions, or both. Mood disorders cause the patient to feel things that are too extreme or inappropriate for their current circumstances, and can make it difficult to function in many different ways.
People with mood disorders can experience deep depression, making it hard to perform normal life tasks; bouts of mania that increase their energy levels, excitement, and impulsiveness; and just about every emotion in between.
Types of Mood Disorders
There are a few different types of mood disorders, and it’s possible to have multiple. Here are some of the more common mood disorders:
Major depressive disorder (MDD):
a common form of depression characterized by intense, long-term sadness or feelings of despair, with a loss of interest in usual activities.
periods of elevated or energized mood. Mania is a more severe episode that can last for a week or more, while hypomania is a milder form that lasts for a few days.
episodes of depression alternating with mania. This double-edged condition can make it difficult for even the sufferer to predict their own actions.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
depression related to the darker, colder, and more isolated fall and winter months.
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia):
a form of long-term (chronic) depression. MDD can be more intense, but last only two weeks; PDD must last at least two years.
Substance-induced mood disorder:
depression symptoms caused by a medicine, drug, alcohol, or other form of treatment. It may occur from intended use, abuse, or withdrawal.
depression occurring during pregnancy or after delivery. It’s often coupled with insecurity and difficulty starting to raise the newborn child.
Signs & Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Mood disorder symptoms can vary wildly depending on the specific disorder, and can generally be divided by depressive or manic disorders.
Common depressive symptoms include:
- Feeling sad most of the time or for most of the day
- Lack of interest in typical activities
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Feeling sluggish or a lack of energy
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Frequent thoughts of death or self-harm
Common manic symptoms include:
- Feelings of invincibility and inflated confidence
- Dramatic increases in energy
- Risky behavior such as gambling, substance use, unprotected sex, and unsafe driving
- Thinking very quickly or racing thoughts
- Feeling easily distracted, agitated, or irritated
- Spending money recklessly during mania
- Being delusional, experiencing hallucinations, or thinking illogically
Causes & Risk Factors of Mood Disorders
There aren’t any certain causes of mood disorders, in part because there are many diverse disorders.
However, certain factors can increase the risk of mood disorders, such as:
- Previous history of a mood disorder, or family history
- Trauma, stress, or major life changes
- Physical illness
- The use of certain medications
- Genetics, such as brain chemistry and structure
Long-Term Effects of Mood Disorders
Mood disorders can severely disrupt a patient’s life. Depressive disorders make it difficult to get out of bed or perform routine daily tasks. Changes in sleeping habits can disrupt a patient’s health and schedule, and a lack of energy can cause strains in work and friendships.
Those suffering from mania or hypomania may feel invincible and engage in risky behavior, which can threaten employment and personal relationships. Those suffering from mood disorders often also have low self-esteem, which can hold them back from new opportunities and experiences.
Mood Disorder Medications & Treatment with KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry
KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry offers a comprehensive approach to mental health, including mood disorder treatment. Our psychiatric treatment and management of mood disorder medication help patients find stability and look more objectively at their thought patterns to help regulate their moods.
We also incorporate individual counseling and group therapy into treatment, where patients either work in a one-on-one setting with our licensed professionals to understand and manage their mood disorder or connect with others in small groups to feel less isolated in their struggles.
KAV Mental Health & Psychiatry offers personalized mood disorder treatment plans for each patient, with the added convenience and confidentiality of HIPAA-compliant video appointments. Our telehealth options provide all the benefits of our in-person treatment, six days a week, with same-day appointments. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and learn more about how we can help!
“I’ve always been sad or stressed a lot, like all the time. And honestly? Doctors could never decide what exactly I was dealing with — and that was stressful on its own! KAV showed me that I have both anxiety and depression, and found the right combination of counseling and medication to help me get my life back.”
“I fidgeted a lot as a kid, couldn’t pay attention and stuff, and it really made things like school and holding down a job hard. I’d heard of ADHD but never looked into it, but in just a few visits, my counselor at KAV Mental Health helped me understand my ADHD and I really got it under control.”
“I’ve always been a worrier. But after the birth of my first child, I started feeling anxiety like never before. A friend of mine told me about KAV Mental Health, and my counselor there helped me explore all this new anxiety. It changes every day with a baby, but I’m in such a better place now, and so much more available for my daughter.”
“After I got hurt on the job and got hooked on opioid painkillers, I went down a dark path. I thank the recovery team at KAV every day for showing me that my story happens a lot, and there’s a way forward from addiction. Finally, finally, I can be the father and husband my family needs.”
“There used to be times I was so depressed, I couldn’t get out of bed, even for food. All I had the energy for was scrolling through my phone or laptop. Having online counseling that I could reach from my phone made it possible for the first time to get real help, even when I was at my worst.”