Mood Disorders

Weaver Wellness Care

Family Medicine Practice located in Herndon, VA

Mood disorders are pervasive in the United States, affecting over one in five people during their lives. Although they cause ongoing mental angst for so many people, mood disorders are highly treatable with the right mixture of medication, therapy, and self-care techniques. Elizabeth Weaver, MD, and Janice Speer, FNP-BC, can help you find relief from mood disorders at Weaver Wellness Care. They even provide same-day care at their Herndon, Virginia, practice for those who are struggling. Call the front desk or use the online scheduling system to take the first step toward recovery.

Mood Disorders Q & A

Weaver Wellness Care

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders describe a range of illnesses that affect your daily emotional state. The three most common mood disorders Dr. Weaver treats at her practice are depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Depression

Depression is a persistent state of sadness and apathy that causes sufferers to have difficulty performing normal tasks. For some, depression leads to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.

Anxiety

Anxiety is persistent worry that is disproportionate to the surrounding circumstances. People with anxiety have a difficult time controlling their fear and avoid situations that cause worry.

PTSD

Some people experience flashbacks, nightmares, or extreme anxiety after a traumatic event. If their anxiety persists and affects everyday functioning, they may have PTSD.

What is pharmacogenetic testing?

After performing a physical exam and evaluating your symptoms, Dr. Weaver uses pharmacogenetic testing to steer your treatment plan if she suspects a mood disorder. Pharmacogenetic testing is a study involving your genes to predict how your body will respond to certain medications.

These advanced tests allow Dr. Weaver to provide the most targeted treatment for her patients without having to find the right medication on a traditional trial-and-error basis. Since it can take up to 12 weeks for drugs like antidepressants to take full effect, it’s essential to get the medication right the first time for proper relief.

With a small blood or saliva sample, pharmacogenetic testing also gives Dr. Weaver insight into the potential side effects you’re most susceptible to, so you can weigh the benefits and drawbacks of treatment.

How are mood disorders treated?

Because mood disorders require timely attention, Dr. Weaver offers same-day acute care for treatment. Just as if you had an ear infection, Dr. Weaver doesn’t want you to have to wait for an appointment when you’re feeling your worst.

While Dr. Weaver can help provide immediate relief for your mood disorder, she recommends long-term care to manage your condition. Those with mood disorders find significant benefits from ongoing therapy and medication.

Therapy

Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy, helps you learn effective strategies to combat your condition. Dr. Weaver provides as much support as she can, but she can also refer you to a therapist for more targeted therapy.

Medication

If you have a mood disorder, you may benefit from antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or anti-anxiety medications. With pharmacogenetic testing, Dr. Weaver can predict which medications may benefit you.

If you’re suffering from a mood disorder, contact Dr. Weaver online or over the phone right away to start the path toward treatment.

Notes: focus on Depression, Anxiety & PTSD; include that they have Same Day Acute Care appointments and Pharmacogenetic testing. These are genetic testings for drug response, we do it for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ADD. It shows which drug will work best based on your genetics.