Mood Disorders

Grassroots Healthcare

Primary Care located in Tulsa, OK

It’s estimated that about 20% of adults in the United States at some point in their life experience a mood disorder, such as depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and bipolar disorder. Dr. Melita Tate at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an internal medicine physician who takes a holistic approach to the management of your mood disorder to help cure the underlying cause of your emotional change. To help you save on medical costs if you don’t have insurance, Grassroots Healthcare offers a direct care program for a low-cost monthly fee. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Mood Disorders Q & A

What is a mood disorder?

A mood disorder is a health condition in which your emotions or mood don’t match your circumstances to the point where it affects your ability to manage your everyday life.

Examples of mood disorders include:

  • Major depression
  • Dysthymia
  • SAD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Mood disorders often coincide with other mental illnesses including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anxiety is also a common condition that accompanies a mood disorder and may result in panic attacks, which can cause physical symptoms such as chest pain and trembling.

What are the symptoms of a mood disorder?

Symptoms of a mood disorder vary and may depend on the type of mood disorder you have. In general, you may feel:

  • Sad or empty
  • Helpless or hopeless
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable

You may also have difficulty concentrating or lose interest in the things you enjoy.

While you may experience some of these symptoms from time to time, with a mood disorder these feelings may be more intense or difficult to shake. You may also feel as though there’s no getting over your mood change when you’re feeling so down, but help is available.

What is the strategy for managing mood disorders?

Dr. Tate takes a holistic approach to the management of mood disorders and tries to find the underlying cause for the change in your emotional state before prescribing medication. She not only wants you to feel better but aims to find a cure for the root of your mood change to prevent a recurrence.

To help her formulate your individualized treatment plan, Dr. Tate conducts a thorough examination when you come in for treatment. This may include:

  • Physical exam
  • Review of your symptoms
  • Discussion of your physical, mental, and family history
  • Testing for hormone levels and nutrient deficiencies

Before prescribing medication, Dr. Tate may recommend nutrition supplements or hormone replacements to help restore health and balance to your body, since this may improve your symptoms. She also recommends counseling to change negative thoughts.

In addition to mood disorders, Dr. Tate can also help you with other mental illnesses, including OCD, PTSD, and anxiety.

For a holistic approach to your mood disorder, call Grassroots Healthcare today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.