One in four Americans either suffered from a mood disorder in his or her lifetime, or currently suffers from one. Unfortunately, these disorders are nearly twice as likely in women than in men. We offer evaluations for women suffering from mood disorders, with a special emphasis on the treatment of hormonally-triggered premenstrual, postpartum and perimenopausal mood disorders. Our doctors will discuss effective treatment recommendations to suit your needs. Should you need a counseling referral or other support, we can connect you with specialists in their field.
Understanding mood disorders
Also called affective disorders, mood disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or extreme happiness, or fluctuation between the two. Symptoms include body aches, fatigue, difficulty in eating or sleeping, as well as feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or inadequacy. The most common types of mood disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, and dysthymic disorder.
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affects 10-15% of women after childbirth. Mothers with postpartum depression often experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others. This is a serious medical condition, and we can provide hope and effective treatment.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe, often disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt your life. Hormone therapy, antidepressants and lifestyle changes can help. Talking to a therapist may also help you deal with coping strategies. However, seeing a OBGYN who can help you understand and treat the condition and potential underlying causes is important.
Menopausal mood related issues
We also offer solutions to menopausal mood related issues. Please read more about our services related to managing menopause, here.
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