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Finding Help with Mood Disorders Treatment

When navigating life with a mood disorder, it is easy for your perspective of your environment, and your life, to become influenced by your mood. A mood disorder can dominate your approach to life’s circumstances by influencing your way of thinking and strategizing solutions. Fortunately, when you seek mood disorders treatment, you take the first step in changing your overall approach to your life. Therapies such as hypnosis for mood disorders, as well as a variety of other counseling techniques, may be beneficial to consider as additional avenues for supporting your mental health.

What is a Mood Disorder

Mood disorders are often defined with general language, such as “depression”, “bipolar disorder”, and so forth. However, there are more detailed descriptions, such as dysthymia, which is a persistent, irritable mood which lasts for at least two years. It is always best to work with a health care provider to best understand the specifics of your mood disorder and work with a psychiatrist and psychologist who can properly diagnose your condition. The more details you understand about the condition affecting you, the better tailored your mood disorder’s treatment can be. This will allow you to seek supportive therapy, such as the counseling services we offer at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, that will best align with your unique needs.

Causes & Treatments

Mood disorders can run in families, and they are often caused by chemical imbalances. If mental health concern becomes persistent, and more than just a temporary response to a situational life event, it could be an indication of a chemical imbalance. You and your health care provider may agree that treatment with antidepressants or other medication is a good option. 

In addition to an ongoing treatment plan with your psychiatrist and general care provider, you will find that there are many types of mood disorders which psychology-based therapies may help improve. 

Therapies such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are options which have been successfully used in conjunction with a mood disorder’s treatment plan. This is because each of these methods focus on your thought processes, and how you see yourself as fitting into the world around you. In essence, managing your mood disorder is also determined by how you think, which is why it is important to explore and reframe those thought patterns.

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a therapeutic modality that helps manage mood disorders by helping you learn that your thoughts and actions are interrelated. Thoughts create emotions, and those emotions drive actions. NLP helps you create new, more productive thought processes, leading to more productive actions. Then, this allows for greater control of your emotions and a more balanced response to external stressors or stimuli. NLP will help build upon your skills and reel in behaviors that do not serve you or your goals.

Integrating NLP into a mood disorder’s treatment plan can help clarify a path for your own success in a given situation, or life in general. It helps reinforce new and productive thought processes which then anchors new, more productive patterns of behavior, both of which reinforce one another.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is quite similar to Neuro-Linguistic Programming. CBT focuses on how thoughts influence behavior. Often these conditioned thoughts and behaviors are what hinder someone from leading a life that they desire. 

CBT helps you understand how situations throughout your life trigger certain internal responses in your mind, and those thoughts are tied to emotions because of certain beliefs and conditioning. This cycle of thought and conditioned response subsequently triggers a reaction and a behavioral response to the external situation.. Then, CBT helps provide the skills to more positively and intentionally approach these thought patterns, which in turn helps one achieve clarity on how to reframe the response to the trigger.

Once you can understand your common thought processes that cause otherwise knee-jerk reactions to external triggers, you can be presented with new ways of perceiving a situation. These ways will be more proactive and successful than previous behaviors.

Taking the First Step

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In addition to NLP and CBT, there are various types of mood disorders which psychology can offer complementary treatment. So whether you are looking for support for bipolar disorder, or wish to eliminate negative self-talk that hinders your personal development, one key way of integrating psychological therapy into your mood disorder’s treatment plan is to ensure that you work with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. 

While there are a variety of licensed mental health counselors available to you, Miami Hypnosis and Therapy’s principal practitioner, Anna Marchenko, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with dual Master Degrees in Psychology from Columbia University.

We encourage you to take the first step to transform your life. If you would like to explore integrating integrative counseling such as CBT, NLP, or hypnotherapy into your mood disorder’s treatment plan, get started with Miami Hypnosis and Therapy with a phone consultation. Contact us today to explore how we can help you tailor a plan which will enhance your life.

Anna Marchenko

Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M. is the principal therapist at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from NYU and dual masters degrees from Columbia University. Marchenko’s hypnosis certification is from the only hypnosis program in Florida that has been certified by the state’s Board of Education. She helps her clients by utilizing an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailored to each individual’s mental health journey, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP therapy, EMDR, and more.

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