Mood Disorders
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What’s the difference between a bad mood and a mood disorder? For one thing, a bad mood goes away. A mood disorder stays around, and is often so severe it affects a person’s ability to perform in school, maintain a job or even engage in fun activities with friends. Mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

To people with a mood disorder, their problems feel insurmountable. Unlike a temporary bad mood, mood disorders alter a person’s perspective and ability to reason. It is part of the reason people with untreated mood disorders often turn to substance abuse for relief. However, all mood disorders respond well to mood disorder treatments. Sovereign Health’s residential treatment center in Rancho San Diego provides mental health help for teens dealing with mood disorders.

Mood Disorders

The phrase “mood disorders” describes a wide family of illnesses, all of which cause dramatic mood swings, either elevating or lowering the mood. Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression), major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder are all mood disorders.

Depression is a serious – and treatable – illness. Unlike a temporary case of the blues, depression sticks around, seriously impacting a person’s ability to enjoy and engage in life. Depression occurs along with other serious disorders as well. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates 27 percent of people with a substance abuse disorder also experience depression, and between 50 to 75 percent of people with an eating disorder experience depression.

Depression’s also estimated to be the culprit behind more than two-thirds of the suicides which occur in the U.S. each year. Suicide, meanwhile, is one of the leading killers of adolescents. In 2015, NIMH estimated 12.5 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode.

Some mood disorders don’t include depression: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder causes children to experience chronic and severe anger. It also creates frequent outbursts of temper.

Treatment for mood disorders depends on its type and severity and other factors. Effective treatment for mood disorders can normally be found at mood disorder treatment centers such as Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego.

Symptoms of Mood Disorders

The symptoms of mood disorders vary depending on the individual disorder. Diagnosis can also be hard to distinguish from normal teen moodiness. However, a mental disorder’s symptoms persist. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, be aware of these signs:

  • Anger, irritability and moments of rage
  • Feelings or expressions of sadness and hopelessness
  • Lowered energy – or agitation and restlessness
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • A lack of self-esteem

Red Flags of Mood Disorders

  • Overreacting to criticism
  • Poor school performance
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities
  • Signs of substance abuse, including alcohol and prescription medications
  • Attempts or talk of suicide

What Causes Mood Disorders?

In short, researchers aren’t sure. A group of teens with depression will share particular symptoms and behaviors, but the origins of each individual teen’s disorder will vary widely. Depression is a complex disease that seems to spring from a combination of causes, including:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Problems with mood regulation in the brain
  • Other medical problems
  • Side effects of medication

Some researchers see depression as a physical ailment – research has found signs of inflammation in the brains of some patients with depression. According to Mayo Clinic, brain scans of people with depression have revealed structural differences in depressed brains, including differences in size of various brain regions as well as differences in how often new brain cells are produced.

Genes also may play a role – a study conducted in 2003 found people who possessed a particular gene variant were more likely to develop depression from stress.

These different factors that can contribute to mood disorders must all be considered when it comes to deciding which mood disorders treatment options are best.

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Getting Help for Mood Disorders

All mood disorders are treatable. Sovereign Health uses both traditional and alternative methods for mood disorder treatment at Rancho San Diego to help our patients solve their problems and reach their full potential. We take the same holistic view of our adolescent patients as we do of the many adults we’ve healed. We seek to help our patients in both body and mind, addressing our patients’ mental, emotional and physical needs as they move through treatment with us.

Patients at Rancho San Diego receive treatment in an environment similar to a summer camp. We make use of psychotherapy, group therapy and even alternative therapies like yoga and equine therapy as part of our treatment for mood disorders to ensure our adolescent clients achieve a lasting recovery.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a leading provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment. What makes us the ideal choice for your adolescent’s needs?

  • Rancho San Diego is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the largest and oldest health care accreditation and standards-setting organization in the U.S.
  • Our San Diego facility is gated, secure and geared to the safety of our clients
  • We provide a comfortable, safe and friendly environment for recovery and therapy
  • Our adolescent patients receive effective, scientifically-backed treatment

A healthier life can start today for your teen. Please contact our 24/7 helpline for more information about mental health aide.

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