Struggles with depression, mood swings, and anxiety are among the most common clinical issues our clients experience. It is important to remain hopeful, as effective treatments are available for mood disorders. We use scientifically supported assessment tools that help with making a clear diagnosis and guide our treatment plans. We will discuss your concerns and identify beneficial skills and practical pathways to get you back on track, managing your mood successfully, and feeling your best.
Many people mistake sadness for depression. Sadness is a normal and short-lived response. It typically goes away within a few days. Depression is marked by a minimum of two consecutive weeks spent in a overwhelmingly low mood state. This depressed mood state impairs functioning and is associated with difficulties in concentration, social withdrawal, changes in sleeping routines, lack of energy, increased irritability, loss of pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, and general loss of motivation. Counseling tends to be of great help in diminishing the symptoms of depression and preventing depressive relapses. For more information about major depressive disorder please visit The National Institute of Mental Health.
Formerly known as manic-depression, bipolar disorder is a medical illness that can seriously disrupt a person’s life. While everybody experiences ups and downs, the individual with bipolar disorder will experience periods of time in which the ups and downs are significantly different from their normal experiences. Moreover, their behaviors change drastically, as well. People with bipolar disorder will commonly experience a low mood state and depressive symptoms that can vary in intensity and duration. Such individuals will also at times experience manic states where they are unusually excited, whether overly joyful or overly agitated. Manic states, too, can vary in intensity and duration. In this state individuals tend to speak quickly and experience racing thoughts. Their behavior frequently tends towards the risky. For example, they may engage in overspending, arguments, fights, or high risk sexual conduct. Counseling treatment can help you to gain better control of bipolar symptoms and reduce the frequency of bipolar episodes. For more information about bipolar disorder please visit The National Institute of Mental Health.
We all experience anxiety from time to time. It’s an essential and normal emotional experience. However, sometimes anxiety can be so great that it begins to seriously impact or even dominate a person’s life. Anxiety disorders include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, and Panic Disorder. For more information about these disorders please visit The National Institute of Mental Health.
Counseling for mood and anxiety disorders can help you to achieve the following goals: