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Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are characterized by a serious change in mood that cause disruption to life activities. Though many different subtypes are recognized, three major states of mood disorders exist: depressive, manic, and bipolar. Major depressive disorder is characterized by overall depressed mood.

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Bipolar Disorder

Those with Bipolar Disorder experience incapacitating mood swings that are typically independent of the individual’s circumstances. These mood swings vacillate between varying degrees of manic episodes (extreme highs) and depressive episodes (extreme lows). Those experiencing a manic episode may experience elation, excess energy, trouble sleeping, fast-moving thoughts and speech, and reckless risk behavior. On the contrary, those experiencing a depressive episode may experience feeling sad, empty, low energy, difficulty concentrating or remembering, tiredness, and possible thoughts of suicide or death. This can sometimes present itself as Major Depressive Disorder with periods of higher mood (elevated energy in the form of irritability or euphoria).

Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a chronic form of low grade-depression. People dealing with Dysthymia may often feel a lack of interest in daily activities, have low self-esteem, or lack productivity in ways that affect their relationships, work, or other daily activities. Those who have Dysthymia may range from mild to more severe and are more susceptible to Major Depression.

Major Depression

Major Depressive Disorder is characterized by a perseverant low mood that persists for at least two weeks. Unlike typical sadness that is experienced throughout life, Major Depression persists for extended periods of time and is much more severe. Symptoms include a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, a feeling of guilt or worthlessness, weight fluctuation, unhealthy sleep patterns, and possibly suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a depression that is brought on by certain times of the year. It is often associated with winter or “holiday blues,” as this time of year results in a diminishing light source that results in a lack of Vitamin D. This deficiency can cause individuals to feel unexplainably depressed or subdued and is often accompanied by feelings of overtiredness, sluggishness, a lack of interest, changes in weight, or difficulty concentrating.

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Hypnosis

While Hypnosis was much debated throughout psychology’s history, it is now largely accepted today as a powerful treatment that can help patients with an array of problems. Often used in conjunction wi...

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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is more than a focus on fleeting happiness or warm feelings. Rather, it places great emphasis on meaning, helping t...

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

A form of in-depth talk therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy works to bring forth the unconscious content of a patient’s psyche in order to alleviate psychic tension. In bringing buried thoughts or f...

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DBT (Dialectal Behavioral Therapy)

DBT, or Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, is used to help individuals live in the present while handling stress and learn to regulate their emotions while improving relations with others. Originally devel...

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Meditation

Meditation is a practice in mindfulness. While many think that it is the practice of “turning off one’s thoughts,” this actually isn’t true. Meditation is instead about learning to observe one’s thoug...

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Group Therapy

Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of five to fifteen individuals in targeting a specific issue they all share, such as depression, PTSD, social anxiety, anger, bereavement...

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, of ACT, is a kind of clinical behavioral analysis that focuses on helping patients to accept facts or situations they may be overreacting to or avoiding. It uses acc...

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

EMDR, of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a psychotherapy that helps individuals who are dealing with emotional distress from past life experiences heal. With EMDR, this healing can t...

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Psychopharmacology

The scientific study of the affects of drugs on the mind and behavior. Simply put, this is the observance of how medication can treat mental disorders. At our practice, this often includes Suboxone an...

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