Depression is a naturally and healthy occurring emotion in all of us. As the winter of our emotional seasons it can restore, transform and set us on a new path for growth. As we all know, it can also make us feel stuck, empty and purposeless even to the point of surrender and acceptance of our plight.
If you, or others have noticed that a depression has lasted over six months or that mood cycles, from anger or mania (irritability, high energy, impulsivity, diminished need for sleep) to sadness in a matter of hours, days or weeks, you may be suffering from a type of clinical depression or a Bi-Polar disorder.
There are many treatments for mood disorders depending on the cause(s). Most can be treated with supportive therapy and behavioral interventions while some may warrant medications.
Pharmaceutical treatment does not have to be permanent but can act as a doorway to higher ground. Depression is a part of everyone’s life experience; however, mild to moderate, or severe. When it interferes with one’s functioning however, it may be a Major Depressive Disorder. Or if you have been experiencing depression that is more mild to moderate for over a year, you may be suffering from a form of depression labeled, Dysthymia. All of these types of depressions are unipolar mood disorders.
Bipolar disorders involve depression and mania. Depression is experienced at times, and at other times mania is experienced as a high that may include irritability, impulsivity, extreme energy and decreased need for sleep.
Effective treatment for both bipolar disorders and unipolar disorders includes medication and therapy. I specialize in working with individuals who suffer from these disorders as well as their friends and family members.