Causes of Mood Disorders

Although researchers are still determining the exact causes of mood disorders, most believe that mood disorders may result from a complex interaction of genetic, medical, psychological and psychosocial factors.

  • Possible Genetic Factors
  • Immediate family member with a mood disorder
  • Twin with a mood disorder
  • Neurochemical and biologic alterations in several genes

Possible Medical Factors

  • Side-effects from specific medications
  • Medical conditions

Possible Psychological and Psychosocial Factors

  • Dramatic life events and environmental stress
  • Sexual abuse in childhood
  • Faulty or negative thought patterns
  • Early childhood loss and difficulties with attachment

Progressive, proven treatment is available through Lindner Center of HOPE where an experienced team can accurately diagnose and treat a variety of mood disorders. These include major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), psychotic depression, postpartum depression, and other mood disorders.