Drs. Ryan and Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioners located in Scottsdale, AZ are well-versed in mood disorder treatment through the utilization of medication management and psychotherapy. Please contact us to discuss our treatment options and availability!
What is a mood disorder?
A mood disorder is a psychological disorder that causes an individual to have difficulty with their day-to-day functioning because of fluctuations in mood. Mood disorders include conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. There are two main sub-types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I disorder and bipolar II disorder. Individuals with bipolar disorder can go through periods of extreme mood changes known as hypomania, mania and depression. During a period of hypomania or mania, individuals may become elated, grandiose, and extremely extroverted. They will have sudden boosts in energy, productivity, and high levels of enthusiasm for certain ideas or activities. Manic and hypomanic episodes can cause an individual to engage in risky behaviors that may be out of character for them, such as spending large sums of money or using illicit drugs.
What about mood disorder treatment?
Mood disorder treatment will often consist of a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral modifications. The types of medication best used in treating a mood disorder is dependent upon the type of mood disorder and symptoms a person may be experiencing. Patients who only experience depressive episodes may benefit from medications such as selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Patients who have been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder may benefit from mood stabilizers such as lithium, depakote, lamotrigine, or quetiapine. Behavior during a manic episode can be very unpredictable and sometimes become classified as a psychiatric emergency. If you suspect that yourself or a loved one is experiencing a manic episode, it is best to play it safe and go to the nearest emergency department for an evaluation by a medical provider.
With appropriate support and treatment, the frequency and severity of bipolar symptoms can be significantly reduced. Because of advancements in modern medicine, individuals with bipolar are able to lead productive and healthy lives.