A mood disorder affects a person’s overall mood and emotional state. There are different mood disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. There is a range of treatments for each specific diagnosis, but some interventions common to all mood disorders include medication and therapy.
Counseling interventions for mood disorders could include cognitive, behavioral, or interpersonal interventions. Sometimes, certain thought patterns or behaviors exacerbate emotional fluctuations. Therapists work with people to identify and process these to ease the severity of the mood fluctuations.
Mood disorders can also cause trouble in interpersonal relationships, so counselors can assist people in identifying strategies to help them communicate and be more satisfied with how they relate to others.