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.