Dr. Weaver promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing for all patients, including those experiencing mood disorders.
Mood disorders describe a range of illnesses that affect your daily emotional state. The three most common mood disorders Dr. Weaver treats at her practice are depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mood disorders affect more than one in five people in the US during their lives. Although they cause ongoing mental angst for so many people, mood disorders are highly treatable with the right mixture of medication, therapy, and self-care techniques.
As a trauma-informed provider, Dr. Weaver promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing for all patients, including those experiencing mood disorders.
Depression is a persistent state of sadness and apathy that causes sufferers to have difficulty performing normal tasks. For some, depression leads to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
Anxiety is a persistent worry that is disproportionate to the surrounding circumstances. People with anxiety have difficulty controlling their fear and tend to avoid situations that cause worry.
PTSD can cause some people to experience flashbacks, nightmares, or extreme anxiety after a traumatic event, affecting routine functioning.
Mood Disorder Care in Herndon VA
Because mood disorders require timely attention, Dr. Weaver offers same-day acute care for treatment. You shouldn’t have to wait for an appointment when you’re at your worst.
While Dr. Weaver can help provide immediate relief for your mood disorder, she recommends long-term care to manage your condition. Those with mood disorders find significant benefits from ongoing therapy and medication.
Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy, helps you learn effective strategies to combat your condition. Dr. Weaver provides the medical support she can, and refers widely to therapists with whom she routinely collaborates for more targeted therapy.
If you have a mood disorder, you may benefit from antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medications, or medications that target specific symptoms specific to PTSD. Dr. Weaver has extensive experience in psychopharmacology. She also offers pharmacogenetic testing through Genesight. This can often assist Dr. Weaver in selecting which medications may best benefit you.