We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept United Healthcare near Portland, ME.

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Dr. Joel Guarna, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Addiction Therapy
25 Middle Street
Portland, ME
 

Dr. Joel Guarna works as a psychologist, cognitive therapist, and addiction therapist. His areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Guarna is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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Dr. John Matthew OBrien, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
465 Congress Street; Suite 700
Portland, ME
 

Dr. John Obrien is a psychologist in Portland, ME. His areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Obrien speaks German. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Dr. Jim Robert Sparks, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
225 Commercial Street; Suite 401b
Portland, ME
 

Dr. Jim Sparks is a psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Sparks include depression, life transitions, and narrative therapy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sparks has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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Specializes in Counseling
52 Cove Street
Portland, ME
 

Mr. Mark Perron's specialty is counseling. Areas of expertise for Mr. Perron include depression, sexuality, and stress management. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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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.
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