Treatments for Mood Disorders
Since so many people experience mood disorders, there is a wide variety of treatments available. However, it may take some trial-and-error for a patient to find the ideal option, or combination of options, that works best for them and their treatment plan.
More often than not, therapy is the first line of treatment offered by medical and mental health practitioners. Therapy is often successful in teaching patients how to alter their behaviors and thought patterns in order to manage their condition. Similarly, therapy can teach patients how to improve their interpersonal skills and reactions to environmental factors that are out of their control.
Many patients are prescribed medications to treat and manage the symptoms of their mood disorder. There are hundreds of medications that an experienced psychiatrist can offer alone or in combination to help patients find relief.
Medications for mood disorders are helpful to stabilize patients who experience shifts in their moods or persistent feelings of depression and anxiety.
Express Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Mood Disorders
In situations where a patient has been diagnosed with a treatment-resistant mood disorder, meaning they have not responded to traditional treatments, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be beneficial.
Express TMS is able to stimulate the brain through noninvasive and painless treatment sessions. During a TMS session, a device is applied to the forehead allowing electromagnetic waves to stimulate the brain and return it to a level of normal activity.
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Ketamine Infusions for Mood Disorders
Ketamine infusions have been indicated as an experimental option for patients with treatment-resistant depression and active suicidal ideation. However, studies are continually exploring the use of ketamine infusions in mood disorder patients with chronic pain. Ketamine infusions are not FDA approved, and as such, are considered to be an “off-label” treatment for mood disorders.
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