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What is an anxiety or mood disorder?

An anxiety or mood disorder is a type of mental health condition that affects a person's emotional state. This often interferes with their capacity to function or carry out normal everyday tasks. Someone with a mood disorder may feel profoundly sad, empty or irritable, or they may experience periods of severe low-mood followed by times of intense happiness.

Anxiety disorders can have a negative impact on mood and are frequently associated with depression and sadly, the risk of suicide is increased by mood disorders.

At Schoen Clinic we specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. 

A tailored approach, unique to each individual 

Depending on the type of disorder, there might be numerous underlying causes. Mood disorders have been linked to a variety of genetic, biochemical, environmental and other external factors. Treatment for each individual is determined by the type of mood disorder that has been identified as well as the presenting symptoms.

It's natural for someone's mood to shift from time to time throughout life as their circumstances change. Symptoms of a mood disorder, on the other hand, must be present for several weeks or more to be diagnosed. Mood disorders can alter your behaviour and impair your capacity to cope with everyday tasks, often having a negative impact on work, school or social life.

Since each person is different, there could be a variety of reasons that contribute to their anxiety or mood problem. Understanding the cause is key to providing the best possible treatment. Our approach to treating a mood disorder fully depends on the individual and their own needs.

Understanding common mood disorders

Some of the most common conditions we treat include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - ADHD is a condition characterised by restlessness and difficulty concentrating.
  • Bipolar affective disorder - Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that alters your moods and causes them to swing from one extreme to the other.
  • Body dysmorphia - Body dysmorphia, also known as body dysmorphic disorder, is a mental health condition in which you worry about your appearance.
  • Burnout - Burnout is a type of exhaustion brought on by a persistent feeling of being overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to keep up with life's incessant demands.
  • Depression - Depression is a common and significant medical condition that has a negative impact on how you feel, think, and behave.
  • Digital and internet addiction - Digital and internet addiction disorder is a brain disorder marked by excessive internet use that has a negative impact on the sufferer's life.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder - GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) is defined as having frequent or unmanageable anxieties about a wide range of topics in your daily life.
  • Health anxiety - also known as illness anxiety disorder or hypochondriasis, is characterised by an excessive fear of being or becoming dangerously ill.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) - OCD is a mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
  • Panic disorder - When you have panic disorder, you live in constant fear of having a panic attack. Panic attacks are intense feelings of dread that occur for no apparent reason.
  • Phobias - A phobia is a form of anxiety condition in which a person has an intense, irrational fear of a situation, living thing, place, or object.
  • Social anxiety disorder - Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a form of anxiety disorder characterised by intense fear in or of social situations.
  • Stress - Stress is a natural reaction to the inability to cope with specific demands and situations.
  • Trauma - Trauma is the emotional reaction to a traumatic incident such as a car accident, or natural disaster.

To find out more about the range of treatments that we offer, contact our caring team at Chelsea today.

How our award-winning specialists can help

If you have concerns that you might be experiencing an anxiety or mood disorder, or you're worried about a friend or loved one it's important that you raise your concerns early. It's unlikely that a mood disorder will go away on its own, and it may even worsen with time.

Talk to a friend, loved one, or someone else you trust if you're hesitant to seek help. 

Our experts at Schoen Clinic have over 35 years experience in treating mental health conditions. We've developed an innovative stepped care model giving our patients the right level of support at different points of their journey to recovery.