Mental illness can take a severe toll on a person’s life. There are various subtypes of mental health disorders, one category which includes mood and anxiety disorders. Mood disorders refer to all types of depression and bipolar disorders, while anxiety disorders include conditions like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, and others. These conditions often occur simultaneously and are therefore often paired in treatment. Our mood and anxiety center in Florida offers various treatment programs for these disorders that could help you or a loved one change your life for the better.
What Are Mood Disorders?
People with mood disorders experience a general emotional state or mood that’s distorted or inconsistent with their circumstances and interferes with their ability to function. Individuals diagnosed with these disorders may experience extreme sadness, emptiness, or irritability, or may go through periods of depression alternating with excessive happiness (mania).
Common types of mood disorders include:
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or depression: Depression refers to prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness.
- Bipolar Disorder: Previously known as manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, this is a form of depression characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): This is a form of depression associated with fewer hours of daylight, most common in people who live in far northern and southern latitudes, from late fall to early spring.
- Cyclothymic Disorder: This mood disorder causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder.
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: This disorder causes mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman's cycle and dissipate when the menstrual cycle begins.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): This is a long-term (chronic) form of major depressive disorder.
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: This is a chronic, severe, and persistent disorder characterized by irritability in children that often includes frequent temper outbursts inconsistent with the child's developmental age.
- Depression Related to Medical Illness: This refers to a persistent depressed mood and a significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that are directly linked to the physical effects of another medical condition.
- Depression Induced by Substance Use or Medication: This refers to depression symptoms that develop during or soon after substance abuse or substance withdrawal or after exposure to a medication.
Our center for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders offers depression treatment as well as bipolar disorder treatment to ensure that help is available for as many people as possible. We understand that these disorders don’t all occur the same way and instead fall on a spectrum, which is why we create individualized treatment programs for clients that meet their needs.
What Are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety refers to a reaction to stress, which can be beneficial in certain situations. Anxiety alerts us to dangers and helps us prepare to pay attention.
However, anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or feelings of doom. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, but they are treatable.
Common types of anxiety disorders include:
- Specific Phobia: This refers to an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little to no actual danger.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: Also referred to as SAD and social phobia, this type of anxiety disorder is marked by fear and anxiety that can lead to avoidance of social situations, which can strain relationships, daily routines, work, school, and other activities or responsibilities.
- Panic Disorder: Panic disorder is marked by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear and physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal pain or discomfort.
- Agoraphobia: This is a type of anxiety disorder in which the individual has an extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places, leaving their home, or being in places that are difficult to escape from.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is a type of anxiety disorder in which the person worries constantly and can’t control their worrying.
- Separation Anxiety Disorder: Common among children, people with separation anxiety worry a lot about being apart from family members or other people they’re close to. They may have a fear of being lost from their family or of something bad occurring to a family member.
Our Boca Raton mood and anxiety clinic also offers anxiety treatment that addresses a wide range of subtypes, including the ones listed above. We understand that, like mood disorders, anxiety disorders don’t look the same for every person and therefore require specialized care.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Not only are mood and anxiety disorders unique, but they occur on a wide spectrum. An effective center for mood and anxiety takes the individual’s needs into account and alters treatment according to what the client needs to recover and improve.
A mood and anxiety disorders program at our Banyan Boca treatment center will depend greatly on the type of mood disorder but also on other factors like co-occurring disorders or past trauma. Similarly, the specific type of anxiety or mood disorder will help determine the most effective course of treatment.