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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont

 

Mood Disorders

What are Mood Disorders?

Mood Disorders include Depressive Disorders and Bipolar Disorders.  People with a Depressive Disorder experience depressed mood, or feel down, sad, or disinterested for longer than what is usually experienced.  They also experience a variety of other symptoms.  People with a Bipolar Disorder experience unusual mood changes from feeling very "up" and energized to very "down" and depressed.  Mood Disorders cause significant distress or impairment in an important area of functioning. 

The following are mood disorders:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder

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Treatments Available:

Individual Psychological Interventions – Individual therapy with a male or female clinician is available. 

Couples or Family Therapy – Therapists are available to help couples and families.

Group Therapy – Many groups are available at the White River Junction VA.  There are open groups, which are available to all veterans and do not require a referral to attend.  There are also closed groups which require a referral to attend. 

Medications – Medications are often helpful treatment for people with mood disorder.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) – ECT is used to treat Major Depression.  Under certain circumstances, it is used to treat Bipolar Disorder.

How to access services
To receive services, please go to the Primary Mental Health Clinic (PMHC), our walk-in clinic located in Primary Care. 
Hours:  Monday-Friday 7:00AM-4:00PM.

The phone number for the PMHC is 1-802-295-9363 ext. 6132.