More than half of all mental illnesses go untreated, whether due to stigma or inadequate access to care, leaving so many people to suffer needlessly. About half of the people who do seek treatment respond well to talk therapy and medication. At The Neuroscience Center, Steve Best, MD, steps in to help the other half, who don’t respond to conventional treatments. Using his patented combination therapy, he provides hope to people with treatment-resistant mood disorders. Call or book an appointment online at his Deerfield, Illinois, clinic.

Mood Q & A

The Neuroscience Center

What’s the difference between a bad mood and a mood disorder?

Bad moods strike once in a while; mood disorders linger and affect everyday living. Diagnosed depression is far more severe than a bad mood. It lasts longer than two weeks and can make it difficult to even get out of bed in the morning.

Dr. Best sees patients with a variety of mood disorders, including:

  • Depression: chronic episodes of extreme sadness and hopelessness
  • Bipolar disorder/manic depression: alternating periods of depression and mania
  • Seasonal affective disorder: depression associated with decreased daylight hours
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder: severe irritability in children that includes frequent temper outbursts

What are the risks of untreated mood disorders?

Left untreated, mood disorders like depression leave you at a higher risk for dangerous behaviors and detrimental coping methods such as alcohol abuse. They can also cause insomnia and concentration problems on top of worsening mental health.

Because mood disorders affect all aspects of your day-to-day life, they can interfere with relationships, employment, and nutrition. They even make it difficult to seek treatment and practice proper self-care. Untreated mood disorders also place you at higher risk for:

  • Suicide
  • Addiction
  • Chronic pain
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke

The effects of mood disorders can be far-reaching, but with appropriate care, you can reclaim your mental health. Treatment is much more effective in the early stages, so it’s important to get help as soon as possible.

How do you treat mood disorders?

The first line of treatment for most mood disorders is medication and psychotherapy. If medications, supplements, and therapy don’t help, Dr. Best offers his patented combination therapy to help you manage your mood disorder.

The combination therapy includes targeted brain stimulation along with ketamine infusions. Through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), Dr. Best can stimulate inhibited parts of your brain. These painless methods deliver impulses to the areas of the brain that manage mood.

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been shown to help regulate mood. Dr. Best has found that when he combines brain stimulation with ketamine infusions, each therapy improves the effects of the other, boosting the overall result.

If you’re ready to get your depression, bipolar disorder, or other mood disorder under control, make an appointment at The Neuroscience Center online or by phone.



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