Correcting Mood Disorders

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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Mood disorders are corrected through therapeutic and pharmacological means. Because depression and anxiety are often rooted in neurological chemical reactions, medication can be useful in diminishing the overall effects of the symptoms. However, despite their chemical foundation, mood disorders are usually intertwined with an individual's relationships to the world around him. For example, a person may be chemically predisposed to suffer from agoraphobia, but the anxiety itself is the result of the individual's own perception of that predisposition. This is why therapy is also part of the overall treatment when correcting mood disorders.

Mood disorders occur when personality traits have grown continuously maladaptive and problematic to the point of causing excessive stress, social troubles, and problems with interpersonal relationships. In addition to biological factors, these disorders are often cultivated by such elements as a person's childhood and upbringing, initial personality development, and early social interactions. The combination of these factors may contribute to a feeling of helplessness against the mood disorder, which naturally weakens the individual's resolve to attempt any positive changes.

Therapy for Correcting Mood Disorders

While anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications treat the genetic/biological components of the disorder, certain kinds of therapy are used to help a patient understand the mechanics of disorder as it applies to their daily life. In doing so, therapy allows a patient to step outside of their familiar perspective, which is often clouded by the effects of the disorder itself. This equips the individual with resources to gain control over the situations and actions that traditionally feed the mood disorder, by allowing them to focus on the cause and effect nature of the symptoms.

The effects of mood disorders can leave an individual feeling exhausted, lethargic, hopeless, or apathetic. These attitudes can make effective treatment more difficult, as the treatment often hinges on the effort the individual puts into it. As a result, certain guidelines are often employed when treating mood disorders. These include a treatment regimen that starts with a number of small, reasonably accomplished goals. Because people tend to emerge from the symptoms of a mood disorder gradually, this approach allows the individual to avoid discouragement by fostering a daily sense of accomplishment. Patients are also kept constantly aware of their progress, with a focus on the positive aspects, in order to help them maintain their perspective throughout the slow, uphill road to wellness.

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