We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Providers Network of America near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Dragan M Svrakic, PhD, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Dragan Svrakic is a psychiatrist. Dr. Svrakic graduated from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His clinical interests include schizophrenia and personality disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Bosnian. Dr. Svrakic's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, VA St. Louis Health Care System, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia

Dr. Joan L Luby, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
4444 Forest Park Avenue; Suite 2600
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Joan Luby is a pediatric psychiatry specialist in Saint Louis, MO. She is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Luby is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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All Interests: Mood Disorders

Dr. Elliot C Nelson, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
4560 Clayton Avenue; First Floor Suite 1000
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Elliot Nelson practices psychiatry. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Nelson obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Nelson is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Tourette Syndrome, Social Phobia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel D Pugh, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
24 S Kingshighway Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Daniel Pugh specializes in psychiatry and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Pugh is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Pugh is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Attention Deficit Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders

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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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