Diagnosing Mood Disorders

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Diagnosing Mood Disorders

Mood disorders can be incredibly complex and difficult to diagnose. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process that many people go through to get a mood disorder diagnosis, as well as which professionals have the necessary credentials to diagnose someone with a mood disorder. If you have questions after reading this blog or want to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Mood Disorders

One does not get diagnosed simply with “mood disorder.” Mood disorders are a wide category of diagnoses with many variations and shades. They present a variety of unique challenges and are often difficult to diagnose. Individuals may have to see multiple professionals before getting a conclusive diagnosis.

Luckily, another unique thing about mood disorders is that there are so many different treatment options. Some people rely solely on medication. Others find that therapy gives them the right coping mechanisms they need to deal with their symptoms. For many people, a combination of both is the best way to go.

Getting Diagnosed

The diagnosis process for mood disorders typically consists of meeting with a professional and discussing symptoms. Many times, individuals will fill out questionnaires that give the professional a more complex understanding of recurring symptoms and patterns. Bringing a close friend or family member to one’s appointment can be beneficial as they may be able to share any symptoms they’ve been noticing.

For anyone who believes they may be dealing with a mood disorder, it’s essential to share symptoms with their mental health professional. Furthermore, they must honestly fill out any forms, questionnaires, or assessment tools. Being transparent is the best way to make sure that an individual gets an accurate diagnosis.


Usually, someone who has a Ph.D. will be the one providing a diagnosis. In some cases, people with other degrees of education can, but diagnosing is typically not something that someone with a lesser degree does. It’s important to make sure that you trust the mental health professional you’re seeing so that you can rely on their opinion and move forward with next steps if you do receive a mood disorder diagnosis.

Getting a mood disorder diagnosis can be challenging for many different reasons. We can help you figure out what treatment options are right for your situation and guide you through the admissions and treatment process. It’s never too late to start taking care of your mental health and investing in your future wellness. Start your mental health journey with our staff at Avalon Malibu. If you were recently diagnosed with a mood disorder and don’t know what your next steps should be, consider giving us a call at (844) 857-5992

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