More than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mood disorder or mental health issue at some point during their lifetimes, according to the CDC. About 20% of Americans — adults and kids — are diagnosed with one of these issues every year.
At Grassroots Healthcare, our team provides holistic, “whole patient” care for mood disorders, focusing on helping each patient find the solution that works best for them. The goal of each treatment plan is to help patients manage their disorder while improving their overall wellness and quality of life.
If you have a mood disorder — or if you think you might — here’s what you should know.
The CDC says mood disorders and mental health issues include conditions that affect our “emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” But the effects of mood disorders can be even more far-reaching, taking a toll on our physical health if they’re not properly managed.
More than 100 mood disorders and mental health issues are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the guide healthcare practitioners use to diagnose and classify mental health and mood disorders. Some of the most well-known mood disorders include:
Mood disorders can also arise as a result of other underlying medical issues or substance abuse. Mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety often go hand-in-hand with mood disorders.
Mood disorders can cause very different symptoms, depending on which disorder is occurring. Some of the more common symptoms include:
The signs and symptoms of mood disorders are often subtle, and many people hide their symptoms or try to ignore them out of feelings of guilt or even shame. What everyone should know is that mood disorders are often caused by chemical imbalances, and they are true medical problems — not something you can “just get over” without medical help.
The team at Grassroots Healthcare treats mood disorders on a patient-by-patient basis, tailoring every treatment to each person’s individual symptoms, underlying health, lifestyle, and other factors.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive physical exam with lab testing to identify the root cause of your symptoms, along with a thorough review of your personal and family medical histories. You may have additional lab tests to look for possible hormonal imbalances or nutrient deficiencies that could be causing your symptoms or making them worse.
Depending on the results of your exam and evaluation, treatment recommendations may include:
Your treatment plan will be entirely unique to your needs and aimed at improving your outlook and your emotional and physical well-being.
Mood disorders aren’t “all in your head,” and they’re not something you can just “get over.” They’re a serious health problem with a “real” medical cause — and they can be treated. The key is to make sure your treatment is customized for your needs and takes your whole health into account.
To learn more about our team’s holistic approach to treating mood disorders at our Tulsa, Oklahoma, practice, call or book an appointment online today.