Mood disorders

Mood Disorders

Symptoms and Causes

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Many mood disorders are the result of a chemical or neurological – rather than a psychological – imbalance.

When this is the case, our staff will help evaluate and treat you. We even have a psychiatric nurse on staff to help you through your recovery.


Anxiety: an excessive reaction to stress, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, sleep disruptions, problems concentrating, apprehension, fear, and worry. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a realistic and appropriate reaction to something intimidating or dangerous. By contrast, anxiety is an overreaction to a situation that is seen as menacing by the individual but not others. It is not considered to be a normal reaction to a perceived stressor, although many experience it occasionally.

External Resource: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)


Depression: a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in daily activities. It affects how one feels, thinks and behaves and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Depression has many causes and is not always a psychiatric disorder. It can be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of another medical condition, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments.

External Resource: National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

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