How Mood Disorders + Mental Health Are Diagnosed

If changes in your mood or mental health start to bother you, it’s time to reach out for help. Mile High has several women’s mental health professionals that can assist you in finding the right treatment. We know that not all treatments are right for everyone, just like no mood disorder or other mental health symptoms look the same.

When you schedule a consultation with one of our providers, they will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your mental and physical health. We use an evidence-based diagnostic process to narrow down what symptoms you have, asking targeted questions to find the right diagnosis. Your provider may ask you about your family history of mental illness, to describe the emotions you are feeling, and questions about your sleep, appetite, and energy levels. 

How We Help Regulate Your Mood

Treating mood disorders and mental health conditions at any phase of life can be complex. However, the providers at Mile High will work with you to find one that works best for your symptoms.

Research-Based Diagnostic Tests

Our approach to your mental and emotional wellbeing is holistic. To begin, your provider will conduct a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health. During this appointment, you will be asked to share information about the following:

  • Any symptoms 
  • Current feelings and emotions
  • Prior diagnoses
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Details about your sleep, appetite, and energy level
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a talk-based form of treatment that takes place between you and a licensed mental health professional. During psychotherapy, your provider uses scientific techniques to address the feelings, concerns, and emotions impacting your mood. Most patients who participate in therapy experience relief and report an improvement in their relationships, work, and quality of life. 
Medication

Medication may be recommended for individuals with mild to severe symptoms, or symptoms that have not improved with therapy alone. If medication makes sense for your treatment plan, you will work closely with your provider to choose a type of medication that best addresses your symptoms and lifestyle. Medications can include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotics

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Do you still have questions about mental health and mood management?

What conditions could cause mood changes in women?

Premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphyric disorder, premenstrual symptom exacerbation, pregnancy, and menopause are all conditions specific to women that can cause mood changes. Other mental health diagnoses or mood disorders, thyroid problems, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause these changes. 

How should I keep track of my mood swings?

If you start experiencing mood swings, keep a journal or make note of the symptoms you are experiencing. Write down when they happen, how long they last, and any factors you think are contributing. 

Do I have to take medication to treat mood changes?

No. Medication is a useful option that many people use to treat their mental health, but there are plenty of other, more natural methods you can use. Psychotherapy is a recommended treatment method. 

When should I seek treatment?

If your mood swings or changes start to impact your ability to function (at work, school, home, or complete tasks in your usual routine), you should contact a doctor. 

How long will my mood changes last?

Changes in your mood or mental health can last for a short time, or you could deal with them for a longer period. Everyone is different. 

Insurance Options We Honor

Mile High OBGYN + Midwifery accepts most major insurance providers! If you have any questions about whether we accept your insurance or not, please reach out to us.

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