Finding Providers

We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept United Healthcare near San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Libby J Gilman-Fleming, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
32302 Camino Capistrano; Suite 202
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ms. Libby Gilman-Fleming's area of specialization is social work. She speaks Swedish. Ms. Gilman-Fleming's areas of expertise include depression, behavior therapy, and child abuse. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Child Abuse, Infertility, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Substance Abuse, Education, ... (Read more)

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

Ms. Christy Forrester is a family therapist in Laguna Hills, CA, Aliso Viejo, CA, and Redding, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: alcohol abuse, depression, and infidelity issues. Anthem, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Forrester honors. She is open to new patients.

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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)

Dr. Richard Elliot Landis, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30101 Town Center Drive; Suite 201
Laguna Niguel, CA

Dr. Richard Landis' specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Landis include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Ann Seaman Friedman
Specializes in Counseling
33161 Camino Capistrano; Suite K1
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ms. Ann Friedman's specialty is counseling. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, child abuse, and infidelity issues. She is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, PacifiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Ms. Friedman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Child Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Substance Abuse, ... (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.