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We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Medicare near Dover, NH.

Randall L OBrien, MA, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
86 Locust Street
Dover, NH

Mr. Randall O'Brien is a social worker. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, existential psychotherapy, and dissociative disorders. Patients gave Mr. O'Brien an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Neglect, Group Therapy ... (Read more)

Dr. Ded Deborah H. H Hamilton, EdD, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
3 Woodchuck Lane
Somersworth, NH

Dr. Deborah Hamilton works as a social worker in Somersworth, NH and Greenland, NH. Clinical interests for Dr. Hamilton include depression, narrative therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Hamilton honors Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

All Interests: Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Substance Abuse, Neglect, Education, Group Therapy Services, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Psychology
16 Fifth Street
Dover, NH

Dr. Ann Hotchkiss works as a psychologist. Her areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She accepts Magellan Health Services, ValueOptions, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hotchkiss is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Phobias, Education, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Individual ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheila H Gardner, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
35 2nd Street
Dover, NH

Dr. Sheila Gardner specializes in psychology and counseling and practices in Dover, NH and Durham, NH. Dr. Gardner's clinical interests include life transitions, stress management, and meditation. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , bipolar disorder

All Interests: Grief, Anger Management, Relational Therapy, Employment Issues, Family Issues, Life Transitions, ... (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.