Mood and Anxiety Disorder Treatments
In addition to conducting research, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (MAP) provides treatments for severe cases of depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and related conditions.
Depression Symptoms and Treatments
Major Depressive Disorder is a serious medical condition characterized by feeling down or hopeless for weeks at a time and is different from a passing blue mood. While the number and severity of symptoms vary between individuals, depression can affect every part of a person's life, including their ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy activities.
While people with depression often feel that nothing can help, there are several effective therapies. Following evaluation and diagnosis, the specialists at MAP are skilled in providing depression treatments that include medication (such as ketamine infusions), psychotherapy, and device-based treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). In the most severe cases, additional therapeutic options are available, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).
MAP also offers access to emerging therapies through our current depression clinical trials.
Bipolar Disorder Symptoms and Treatments
Bipolar Disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a long-term, hereditary disorder characterized by extreme changes in a person's mood, energy, and functional ability. A person with bipolar disorder will vacillate between two mood extremes: mania (which involves increased energy and decreased need for sleep) and depression. Different from normal up’s and down’s, bipolar disorder symptoms are severe and can result in damaged relationships, trouble at work and at school, and even suicide. In some people, symptoms of mania and depression occur together in a “mixed bipolar state,” which may involve difficulty sleeping, agitation, significant change in appetite, psychosis, and suicidal thinking. A person suffering from a mixed bipolar episode experiences sadness and hopelessness while feeling extremely energized.
Treatment for bipolar disorder includes a variety of medications as well as psychotherapy techniques. MAP also offers access to emerging therapies through our bipolar disorder clinical trials.
PTSD Symptoms and Treatments
When the aftermath of a traumatic experience (such as military combat, a violent attack, a serious accident, or a natural disaster) interferes with normal functioning for an extended period, a person may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition can cause significant disruption to an individual's ability to socialize, work, or function normally and may include symptoms such as flashbacks, irritability, overactive startle response, or hypervigilence. Signs of PTSD usually occur within three months of a traumatic event, although there can be a delayed onset and many months or years can pass before symptoms appear.
Treatment options for PTSD include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and exposure therapy (in which the patient gradually and repeatedly relives the frightening experience under controlled conditions), and have been shown to be effective treatments for PTSD. Medications also help ease associated symptoms of depression and anxiety and help promote sleep.
MAP also offers access to novel treatments through our current PTSD clinical trials.
Atran Berg Laboratory Building
Floor E Level
1428 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029 Map