Mood Disorders refer to a group of psychiatric conditions that result in periods of time with significant distress or functional impairment secondary to fluctuations in mood. They include Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Bipolar Affective Disorders (BPAD) Type 1 and Type 2, Dysthymia (or chronic low mood), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and others.
If an individual is suffering from a mood disorder, it may be prudent to schedule an evaluation and receive treatment from a Psychiatrist in Philadelphia with focused training on mood disorder treatment. This is because one’s mood may be influenced by various factors including non-psychiatric medications, medical illness, diet, exercise, hormonal changes, the season and alcohol and illicit substance use. Proper psychiatric diagnosis and treatment is aided by not only a full psychiatric evaluation, but a full medical workup as well (often including laboratory studies). Dr. Pagnani trained and licensed to provide this type of thorough (yet specialized) care.
Mood Disorder treatment should be tailored to the individual. The treatment of mood disorders may include psychotherapy, the initiation of psychiatric medications or both. A complete evaluation by a Psychiatrist or mental health provider is vital, as treatment may vary from changing a non-psychiatric medication that is causing depression or mood fluctuations (and coordinating with other providers), to the initiation of a psychiatric medication targeting one’s symptoms directly, to therapy and the implementation of change, regarding one’s stressors and/or behaviors.
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