Clients who suffer from these disorders often experience guilt over their inability to control their sadness, unstable moods, and impulsive behavior.
Well-meaning friends or family members can exacerbate this guilt by telling suffers to "cheer up". But Stanley Mood Disorder sufferers are not able to simply stop feeling depressed or change their moods at will. These disorders have a biochemical basis and must be dealt with by a caring and competent mental health practitioner. Following is a list of the more frequent Stanley Mood Disorders treated at Tom Clark Ph.D., M.A.R..
Major Depressive Disorder
Stanley Major Depressive Disorder occurs most frequently in adults, although children and the elderly may also be affected. Sufferers of this disorder may experience changes in appetite,
reduced energy levels, difficulty maintaining their sleep cycle, irritability, difficulty concentrating,
feelings of despair, guilt, and worthlessness, and persistent thoughts of suicide. Like any mental illness, Stanley Major Depressive Disorder is not the result of negative thinking or self indulgence, but is rather a genuine mental illness caused at least partially by a biochemical imbalance. Tom Clark Ph.D., M.A.R.'s mental health professionals can diagnose this illness and help sort through any confusion clients may have regarding their condition. Our clinic specialists have successfully treated many clients who seek assistance for this disorder.
Stanley Bipolar Disorder is characterized by frequent and unpredictable shifts in mood and behavior. During the "high" period, bipolar persons experience a surge of euphoria and physical energy. While this may seem ideal, the emotions and perceptions in the euphoric phase of Stanley Bipolar Disorder form a distorted, manic caricature of true happiness. Risky financial decisions, reckless driving, and other inappropriate behaviors result from these manic episodes. A sharp downturn follows, bringing with it depression, lack of energy, confusion, fearfulness, despair and thoughts of suicide. Sufferers of bipolar disorder constantly struggle to navigate the endless treadmill of emotional fluctuations that may range from elation to suicidal despair within an extremely short period of time.
Stanley Mood disorders do not always manifest in a dramatic display of symptoms. Sufferers of Stanley Dysthymic Disorder experience many of the challenges faced by those with Stanley Major Depressive Disorder. Low self esteem, indecisiveness, and
persistent fatigue remain. The danger of Stanley Dysthymic Disorder lies in it's insidious ability to gradually assume control of a patient's life before they become aware of it. Those affected by this disorder may feel that because their symptoms aren't severe, they should be able to overcome them. But studies show that untreated Stanley Dysthymic Disorder can lead to work difficulties, unstable family relationships, and even early death.