Mood Disorders

Adult Psychiatry, ADHD Specialist & Telehealth Psychiatric Services located in Northern Suburbs of Buffalo, Williamsville and Buffalo, NY

Mood Disorders services offered in Northern Suburbs of Buffalo, Williamsville and Buffalo, NY

Mood disorders can make it challenging to regulate emotions and stay on track with daily responsibilities. At Resilient Psychiatry, an adult psychiatry and telemedicine practice in Buffalo, New York, and the Northern Suburbs of Buffalo neighborhood of Williamsville, New York, board-certified mental health practitioner, and adult ADHD specialist Maureen Conway, PMHNP, provides outstanding care and integrative treatment for mood disorders, including depression. To get started with a telehealth evaluation, call Resilient Psychiatry to schedule. Or request an appointment online, which is fast and easy.

Mood Disorders Q&A

What are mood disorders?

People with mood disorders may be extremely sad or irritable (depressed) and feel empty. Or they might experience periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania). 

Anxiety disorders can also affect mood and often occur along with depression. Mood disorders may increase the risk of suicide.


What are the types of mood disorders?

If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state is inconsistent or distorted with circumstances and can interfere with your ability to function.

Some examples include:

Major depressive disorder (MDD)

This disorder involves prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness.


Bipolar disorder

Sometimes called bipolar affective disorder or manic depression, bipolar disorder alternates periods of depression and mania.


Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD is depression most often associated with fewer daylight hours in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring.


Cyclothymic disorder 

This disorder causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder.


Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

Dysthymia is a long-term and often chronic form of depression.


Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD)

PDD involves irritability and mood changes that occur during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle and go away with the onset of menses.


Depression related to medical illness

This type involves a persistent depressed mood and significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that are directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition.

For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with a combination of medications and psychotherapy (talk therapy).


When should I see a doctor for mood disorders?

If you are concerned or suspect that you may have a mood disorder, make an appointment to see a mental health professional like Maureen Conway at Resilient Psychiatry as soon as possible. Telemedicine services are available, meaning you can receive the care you need from the comfort of your home or other location through virtual appointments.

If you are uncomfortable seeking treatment, talk to a loved one or friend, a faith leader, or someone you trust.

Talk to a professional if you:

  • Feel like your emotions are interfering with work, relationships, and social activities
  • Feel like your emotions are interfering with other parts of your life
  • Have trouble with drinking or drugs

If you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — seek emergency treatment immediately or call 911.

Mood disorders are unlikely to go away on their own simply, and they may get worse over time. Make sure to seek professional help before the condition becomes severe —  as they may be easier to treat early on.


Call Resilient Psychiatry to learn more about mood disorders and treatments available. You can schedule an appointment by phone or online, so don’t delay.