We know that our mood can be affected by many different factors, including health, money, work stress, life events, social circumstances. If you find you are having problems with your mood, seeing a Clinical Psychologist for an initial assessment can be a helpful way forward. Catching things early or becoming aware of the extent of your difficulties and seeking help is key.
1 in 4 people will experience some type of mental health problem each year in England. Psychological therapy has been shown to help many people with Anxiety, Worry, Panic and Depression. Seeing a Clinical Psychologist for help with mood problems is a good first step.
A Formulation is an understanding of what led you to have your problems and the factors that stop you being able to overcome them. This then helps the Clinical Psychologist to choose what they believe will be the most appropriate therapy approach (or combination of) to offer you. Finding the right fit between you and the Clinical Psychologist (as a person) is helpful.
Please note that mood disorders can also be associated with psychotic problems, when you can be out of touch with reality, experiencing delusions, hallucinations, etc. For the latter, people are usually prescribed medication to help the symptoms by Psychiatrists. Research shows that psychological ways of intervening are another, usually additional, way to help. Struggling with such problems can generate stress. CBT and Family Meetings to aid communication are other ways to help that the Clinical Psychologist could suggest to you.
Please also see Anxiety and Worry, Panic, Depression and Motivation, Adjusting to life changes (as applicable).
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.