Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder can occur in adults, children and the elderly. Sufferers of this disorder may experience changes in appetite, reduced energy levels, difficulty maintaining their sleep cycle, irritability, difficulty concentrating, feelings of despair, guilt, and worthlessness, and persistent thoughts of suicide. This condition often results in significant impairment and disability. Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder generally have underlying neurobiological factors that contribute to their condition. MDD can also be caused or exacerbated by environmental condition including trauma, loss, and chronic stress. Because of this, Major Depressive Disorder can be treated with psychopharmacology, therapy or a combination of the two. Dr. Waldman can help with diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
Bipolar Disorder is characterized by frequent and unpredictable shifts in mood and behavior. During the “high” period, bipolar persons often experience a surge of euphoria and physical energy. While this may seem ideal, the emotions and perceptions in the euphoric phase of Bipolar Disorder form a distorted, manic caricature of true happiness. Risky financial decisions, reckless driving, and other inappropriate behaviors result from these manic episodes. A sharp downturn follows, bringing with it depression, lack of energy, confusion, fearfulness, despair and thoughts of suicide. Sufferers of bipolar disorder constantly struggle to navigate the endless treadmill of emotional fluctuations that may range from elation to suicidal despair within an extremely short period of time.
Pervasive Depressive Disorder
Mood disorders do not always manifest in a dramatic display of symptoms. Sufferers of Pervasive Depressive Disorder experience many of the challenges faced by those with Major Depressive Disorder. Low self-esteem, indecisiveness, and persistent fatigue remain. The danger of Pervasive Depressive Disorder lies in its insidious and chronic nature. Those affected by this disorder may feel that because their symptoms aren’t severe, they should be able to overcome them. But studies show that untreated Pervasive Depressive Disorder can lead to work difficulties, unstable family relationships, and poor physical health.