We found 3 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Kaiser Permanente near Portland, OR.

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Laurel Diane Puziss, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling
720 Sw Washington Street; Suite 628
Portland, OR

Ms. Laurel Oziel's specialties are social work and counseling. Ms. Oziel's areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and PacifiCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

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Dr. Elke Zuercher-White, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
5440 Sw Westgate Drive; #175
Portland, OR

Dr. Elke Zuercher-White specializes in psychology. Dr. Zuercher-White (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Estonian, Swedish, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuercher-White include acceptance and commitment therapy, body dysmorphic disorder, and behavior therapy. She accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression

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Steven Shaps Marriage And, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
Steven Shaps Marriage & Family Therapist
Portland, OR

Mr. Steven Shaps specializes in family therapy. Mr. Shaps's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, infidelity issues, and phobias. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Mr. Shaps takes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, mood disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder

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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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