Anxiety, Depression & Bipolar Disorders
While many people feel sad or worried at times, people with clinical anxiety and depression suffer from a severe or prolonged mood state that disrupts their daily functioning. Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, also tend to run in families and are believed to be associated with imbalances in certain chemicals that carry signals to the brain. Major life stresses – like divorce, chronic school stress, the death of a family member – can alter the natural balance of these chemicals that, in turn, provoke the symptoms of depression or anxiety in people who are susceptible to mood disorders.
Examples of some depressive disorders include:
- major depressive disorder, which is also known as clinical depression.
- persistent depressive disorder or dysthymic disorder, which is generally thought to be a chronic, low level of depression that persists over a long period of time.
- disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
There are also several kinds of anxiety disorders, such as:
- generalized anxiety disorder, which is the most common
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which involves preoccupying thoughts and repetitive behaviors (think of the TV personality Monk)
- panic attacks
- social anxiety (agoraphobia)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Mood disorders could include any of the following:
- bipolar (I & II) disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder.
- cyclothymic disorder
CNLD Testing & Therapy offers testing to accurately diagnose your emotional struggles and to develop a personalized intervention plan as a first step in moving forward, developing confidence, improving coping skills, and gaining control over these issues. We also have experienced and skilled therapists who can offer treatment for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.