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Mood and Anxiety Disorder

Do you feel like your anxiety or emotions get the better of you and hold you back from living a full life? You may be suffering from a mood or anxiety disorder. Here at the Mount Vernon Counseling Center, we work closely with your individual needs and design a treatment plan that works for you.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be a challenging disease, so our counseling center uses all the tools available to help treat it. Those with bipolar disorder experience unusual mood swings. One minute they feel happy and excited with a lot of energy (mania), then the next minute they become sad and less active (depression). Bipolar disorder causes changes in energy and behavior. It is important to seek treatment for bipolar disorder because the sooner you receive treatment, the more proactively you can manage your bipolar symptoms and avoid disruption to your life.

Types of Bipolar Disorder Treatments:

Medications

There are medications that can used that will treat bipolar disorder by balancing levels of neurochemicals in the brain. Medications to treat bipolar disorder are frequently used in combination to control both the depressive and manic sides of the disease. Bipolar patients won’t be able to control or manage their symptoms without medications. Depending on the phase of the disorder you’re in determines what type of medications to use.

Psychotherapy

Therapy provides patients the opportunity to open up about their disorder. Our professional therapists will work with patients to explore the many ways to cope with their symptoms. One form of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This involves a therapist helping the patient identify and evaluate negatively skewed thought patterns, then providing methods for replacing those unhealthy patterns with new, helpful ones.

What is Anxiety Disorder?

There many different types of anxiety disorders: social anxiety, panic disorder, and specific phobias. All of these anxiety disorders cause long-lasting and excessive worrying about nonspecific situations or objects. The disorder can occur in everyday stress or more serious life stressors. People without anxiety disorders can overcome stress and worry overtime but those with anxiety disorders just worry and stress more over time. It really holds people back from living a full life because they are constantly worried about health, family, work, school, or money, and are unable to find ways to control it.

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Medications

Medication can be a short or long term treatment option, depending on your symptoms and your response to treatment. Often, medication is used in conjunction with behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. The most common medications used to manage certain types of anxiety are a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These medications work by increasing levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which regulates mood, appetite, and sleep

Psychotherapy

Our professional and caring therapists use a variety of methods to manage anxiety. These include relationship building with the patient, discussing how the condition affects his or her daily life, and changing their behavior to improve overall mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also used to treat people with anxiety disorders. It works on changing how a person views a situation and how a person reacts to that situation.

Lifestyle Changes Will Help Treat Mood & Anxiety Disorders

As always, being more active and eating healthy will provide your physical and mental self with benefits. This includes helping your bipolar & anxiety disorder. There are simple lifestyle changes that you can do on your own to help manage your symptoms. Converting to a more healthy diet will help you maintain a stable mood and help your overall well-being. Avoid any type of foods, such as caffeine, that can cause your blood sugar or energy to rise and crash. Exercise daily to keep yourself busy, relieve stress, and create mental clarity. Lastly, avoid drugs and alcohol because these two things can aggravate your symptoms.