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Mood Disorders services offered

Nearly 10% of adults in the United States experience a mood disorder in a given year. Based in Katy, Texas, Cari Lister LPC provides virtual counseling visits for individuals with mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder. In counseling, she helps you develop coping mechanisms to manage your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. To schedule an appointment, call Cari’s office or book online today.

Mood Disorders Q & A

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are mental health conditions that influence your emotions and how you react to them. With a mood disorder, your emotional state is often inconsistent with your actual circumstances. In many cases, mood disorders make it difficult to function in your everyday life and stay productive with school, work, or household responsibilities. 

Some of the most common mood disorders are:

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that involves alternating stages of mania (positive feelings and lots of energy) and depression (negative emotions and low energy). 

Major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder, also called depression, is a mood disorder involving lengthy periods of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in the activities you usually enjoy. 

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder shares symptoms with depression, but it appears during late fall to early spring when there is less sunlight during the day. 

What are the early signs of a mood disorder?

There are many early indications of a mood disorder that tell you something is wrong. If you notice changes in your mood or general day-to-day well-being but can’t identify a cause, a mental health assessment can indicate the presence of a mood disorder like bipolar or depression. 

Some common early signs of these disorders are:

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems in your relationships
  • Low productivity
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

Some symptoms are specific to particular mood disorders, while others are common with most or all of them. Cari can help you determine the cause of your symptoms and engage in effective treatment. 

How can I manage a mood disorder?

Individualized counseling is one of the most effective ways to manage a mood disorder and improve your well-being. Cari Lister LPC offers individual virtual appointments you can regularly attend to discuss your emotions and the impact your mood disorder has on your life. 

Evidence-based counseling strategies can help manage mood disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. Cari helps you adopt coping mechanisms to regulate your thoughts and emotions in your sessions. 

She can also refer you to a prescriber if she believes you’ll benefit from medications like antidepressants or mood stabilizers alongside counseling. 

For more information on mood disorders and how to manage them, schedule an appointment by  phone or book online today.