Mood Disorders

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Mood Disorders services offered in Bellevue, WA

Mood disorders are more common than you might think, and the symptoms are not always clear-cut. For residents in and around Bellevue, Washington, Stephen Carstensen, DDS, Carrie Magnuson, DDS, and the team at Premier Sleep Associates offer treatments that can help you feel more like yourself. Book a visit online or by phone to learn more.  

Mood Disorders Q & A

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are considered a mental health condition. There are many different kinds of mood disorders, but all create problems with your emotional state or mood. Many also interfere with normal bodily functions. 

Mood disorders are common and range in severity. Some people go through periods of time when a mood disorder develops and resolves relatively quickly, while others live with one or more mood disorders for their entire life. 

Some examples of mood disorders include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Dysthymia 
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Substance-induced mood disorder

It’s important to understand that having a mood disorder doesn’t mean you are weak, unstable, or unhealthy. It simply means you have specific needs when it comes to regulating your mood and should partner with a medical professional to explore paths toward relief. 

What are some signs I might have a mood disorder?

Understanding the signs of mood disorders can help you know when to seek treatment for yourself or your loved ones. Some of the indications that a mood disorder might be present include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Sleep disruption
  • Excessive guilt
  • Feeling worthless or hopeless
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to failure or rejection
  • Feeling irritable, hostile, or aggressive

Thoughts of self-harm or suicide are the most serious signs of mood disorders and should be treated as a medical emergency.  

How are mood disorders treated?

Medication is a common treatment path for mood disorders. There are a multitude of medications to help you feel and function better, and a fit for virtually everyone. 

Working with a skilled professional is critical when pursuing drug therapy for mood disorders. It often takes a period of trial and error to find the right medication and dosage for your unique needs. 

When sleep disruption is part of mood disorders, treating that underlying condition can do a world of good in improving your mood and emotional wellbeing. Depression, anxiety, and other mood issues are commonly linked to sleep apnea and other types of sleep-disordered breathing issues. 

If you’re concerned about the signs of mood disorders, call Premier Sleep Associates today to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available, and is fast and easy.