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Causes of Mood Disorders
Although researchers are still determining the exact causes of mood disorders, most believe that mood disorders may result from a complex interaction of genetic, medical, psychological and psychosocial factors.
  • Possible Genetic Factors              
  • Immediate family member with a mood disorder
  • Twin with a mood disorder
  • Neurochemical and biologic alterations in several genes 
Possible Medical Factors 
  • Side-effects from specific medications
  • Medical conditions 
Possible Psychological and Psychosocial Factors 
  • Dramatic life events and environmental stress
  • Sexual abuse in childhood
  • Faulty or negative thought patterns
  • Early childhood loss and difficulties with attachment

Progressive, proven treatment is available through Lindner Center of HOPE where an experienced team can accurately diagnose and treat a variety of mood disorders. These include major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), psychotic depression, postpartum depression, and other mood disorders.