Fairfax’s Mood Disorder Program focuses on helping adults who are experiencing episodes of depression, or other disturbances of mood, to stabilize their mood and learn coping skills. As with other psychiatric services, a multidisciplinary approach is used. This can involve treatments such as group and individual therapy, medications and coping skills education. These will be chosen based on assessments by psychiatrists, nurses, mental health clinicians, recreational therapists, and other Allied Clinical Professionals. While this short-term program primarily serves a voluntary patient population, it is also available for involuntary patients who would benefit from this focus.
Some examples of mood disorders include: (source Mayo Clinic):
- Major Depressive Disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness.
- Bipolar Disorder — also called Manic Depression or Bipolar Affective Disorder, depression that includes alternating times of depression and mania.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring.
- Cyclothymic Disorder — a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (dysthymia) — a chronic form of depression.
- Depression related to medical illness — persistent depression and significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition.
- Depression induced by substance use or medication — depression symptoms that develop during or soon after substance use or withdrawal or after exposure to a medication.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety.
- Anxiety Disorders — intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders often involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).