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We found 4 providers with an interest in mood disorders and who accept Optima Health near Virginia Beach, VA.

William L Mulligan PhD, CP
Specializes in Psychology
1604 Hilltop West Executive Center; Suite 318
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 410-0700

Dr. William Mulligan is a psychologist in Chesapeake, VA and Virginia Beach, VA. His areas of expertise include dialectical behavior therapy, men's health issues, and sleep disorders. Dr. Mulligan takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, mood disorders, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder

All Interests: Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety, Anger, Anxiety, Attention-Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosemary A Thompson CRS, LPC, NCC, NCSC
Specializes in Counseling, Psychology
Phoenix Mental Health Services; LLC
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 619-2984

Ms. Rosemary Thompson's specialties are psychology and counseling. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, body dysmorphic disorder, and child abuse. Ms. Thompson is in-network for Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Mindfulness Based Interventions, Treatment Approaches: Adlerian, Treatment Approaches: Art Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James F Lassiter PhD, CP, ABPP
Specializes in Child Psychology, Family Therapy
228 N Lynnhaven Road; Suite 107
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 228-5635; (757) 809-5376

Dr. James Lassiter practices family therapy and child psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lassiter include crisis intervention, depression, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Lassiter honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Psychodynamic, Cognitive/Cog Behavioral, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Psychoses/Major ... (Read more)

Annie Lane Phillips LPC, PHD
Specializes in Counseling
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 651-3001

Dr. Annie Phillips is a counselor. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, adjustment disorders, and phobias. She is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Phillips is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , depression, bipolar disorder

All Interests: Treatment Approaches: Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral, Treatment Approaches: EMDR, Treatment ... (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.