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Affective Disorders

Treatment for Affective Disorders in Maricopa

Affective disorders, also known as mood disorders, are a category of mental health disorders characterized by significant changes in mood and emotional state. These disorders can affect an individual’s ability to function in daily life and can have a profound impact on their overall well-being.

Types of Affective Disorders

There are several different types of affective disorders, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Major depressive disorder is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, while bipolar disorder is marked by episodes of both depression and mania or hypomania. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight.

What Causes Affective Disorders?

The exact causes of affective disorders are not fully understood but are believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

How are Affective Disorders Treated?

Treatment for affective disorders typically involves a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

One of the most common medications used to treat affective disorders is antidepressants. These medications work by altering the levels of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters that are involved in regulating mood. Therapy can also be helpful for individuals with affective disorders as it provides a safe space to discuss their emotions and develop coping strategies.

Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and stress management techniques can also be beneficial for individuals with affective disorders. Additionally, support from family and friends can play a crucial role in helping individuals manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

Schedule an Affective Disorder Consultation

If you’re struggling with symptoms of an affective disorder, don’t wait to reach out to a specialist. For patients in the Maricopa area, The Way Wellness is here to help. Tyeasa Jones, PMHNP is a highly-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience assessing, diagnosing, and effectively treating patients with affective disorders. Give us a call at (623) 200-3526 today to schedule a consultation. We see patients from Maricopa, Casa Grande, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Santan, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas.

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