We found 6 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Health Net PPO near Laguna Hills, CA.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
23121 Plaza Pointe Drive; #150
Laguna Hills, CA

Dr. Irwin Rosenfeld's specialty is psychiatry. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rosenfeld's areas of expertise include the following: depression, addictions, and anxiety. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosenfeld honors. He is conversant in Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Insomnia, Medication

Linda Darlene Linda Morris, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
27201 Puerta Real; #300
Mission Viejo, CA

Ms. Micki Ross practices social work. Clinical interests for Ms. Ross include adoption issues, depression, and life transitions. Ms. Ross honors Magellan Health Services, Health Net, and CalOptima, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Adoption Issues, Infertility, Grief, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Attachment Disorders, ... (Read more)

Luz Patricia Bayer, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
24800 Chrisanta Drive; Suite 220
Mission Viejo, CA

Ms. Luz Bayer's area of specialization is family therapy. Ms. Bayer's areas of expertise include depression, suicide, and conduct disorder. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, mood disorders

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Suicide, Men's Health Issues, Family Therapy Services, ... (Read more)

Christy Forrester, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
Aliso Viejo, CA

Ms. Christy Forrester specializes in family therapy and practices in Laguna Hills, CA, Aliso Viejo, CA, and Redding, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, depression, and infidelity issues. Ms. Forrester is an in-network provider for Anthem, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health ... (Read more)

Richard M Vogel, MA, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23547 Moulton Parkway; Suite 209
Laguna Hills, CA

Mr. Richard Vogel works as a family therapist in Laguna Hills, CA and Long Beach, CA. These areas are among Mr. Vogel's clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and immigration issues. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Men's Health Issues, Education, Family Therapy Services, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pamela J Esau, PsyD
Specializes in Social Work
23461 South Pointe Drive; Suite 375
Laguna Hills, CA

Dr. Pamela Esau is a social worker. Clinical interests for Dr. Esau include depression, christian counseling, and person-centered therapy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Esau has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Employee Assistance Programs, Psychotherapy Treatment, Cognitive-Behavioral ... (Read more)

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What are Mood Disorders?

Mood disorders are mental illnesses that primarily impact a person’s feelings, or mood. A person with a mood disorder might have primarily negative or primarily positive feelings, or maybe very few feelings at all. They might cycle back and forth from feeling unusually down to feeling on top of the world. Mood disorders are challenging to live with and frequently misunderstood, but they are also treatable. The two main mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder.

In depression, people feel unusually sad, empty, hopeless, or unhappy. They may have low self-esteem, a lack of energy, and little interest in the world around them. They may have trouble sleeping and eating regularly. Everyone feels blue now and then, but depression is different. It is much more intense than a typical down day. It lasts much longer, and it interferes with people’s ability to do the things they normally do. At its worst, depression can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

Bipolar disorder sometimes feels like depression. But a person with bipolar disorder cycles through periods of depressed mood and elevated mood, or mania. Mania is like the opposite of depression. Manic people might feel invincible and unusually happy. They might talk or move quickly and not need very much sleep. They might spend too much, eat too much, gamble, or engage in risky and impulsive behavior. In severe cases, they may even hear voices or hallucinate. There is a subset of bipolar disorder called bipolar II, with typical depression symptoms but a milder form of mania, called hypomania. Hypomania includes many of the feelings of full mania but fewer of the risky and dangerous behaviors. Approximately six million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. It tends to run in families, but the exact cause is still not well known.

There are several effective treatments available for mood disorders, including medications and talk therapy. Not every treatment will work for every person, so it sometimes takes time to find the right fit. A good mental health professional can help.