Mood disorders are characterized by depressive, hypomanic and/or manic episodes. Diagnoses in this category include Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar Disorders and Mood Disorders Due to General Medical Condition. These illnesses can be quite severe, and can cause significant suffering for patients and their families. Many psychological and biological treatments exist and are effective for these disorders. Our therapists and doctors are experts at providing evidence-based, empathic and effective treatments for these problems.
People with depressive episode typically experience at least a few weeks of most of the following symptoms:
People with manic episode typically experience at least a week of most of the following symptoms.
People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) experience symptoms of depression in a cyclic, seasonal pattern. This means that symptoms usually come back and go away at the same times every year. In most people, SAD symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during late spring and summer. Some people have the opposite pattern, developing SAD with the onset of spring or summer.