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Conditions Treated

Beautiful Minds Medical focuses on several major diagnostic categories:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Substance abuse.

Mood Disorders

Definition

Mood Disorders, including depression, and bipolar disorder are characterized by an elevation or lowering of a person’s mood.

Incidence

Approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the US population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder. Major disorders often co-occur with anxiety disorders and substance abuse (NIH).

Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Definitions

Anxiety disorder is a multisystem response to a perceived threat of danger. It reflects a combination of biochemical changes in the body.

A panic attack is a sudden, intense experience of fear coupled with an overwhelming feeling of danger, accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety, such as pounding heart, sweating, and rapid breathing.

Incidence

Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse (NIH).

Substance Abuse

Definitions

Substance abuse disorder is characterized by the use of a mood behavior-altering substance in a maladaptive pattern resulting in significant impairment or distress.

Incidence

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million (or 9.3 percent) persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009.

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