Mood Disorders Treatment Center in Saint Louis, MO
Our St. Louis therapists are well versed in issues surrounding many common mood disorders including:
Major depressive disorder
Prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness characterize major depressive disorder. Common symptoms of depression are:
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- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Bipolar disorder includes alternating times of depression and mania.
A manic episode may include:
- Abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired
- Increased activity, energy or agitation
- Exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria)
- Decreased need for sleep
- Unusual talkativeness
- Racing thoughts
- Poor decision making
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring. Intriguingly, seasonal affective disorder, in some cases, may be caused by a mutation in the light receptors of the eye.
Whatever the cause, our St. Louis based therapists are here for you and can help you succeed.