If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances. The most common mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder (also called manic depression). Another mood disorder is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring.

  • Expertise and experience. A psychiatrist with special training in mood disorders will lead your evaluation and treatment team. Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn. has outpatient and inpatient treatment programs focused on people with treatment-resistant mood disorders. Specialists at Mayo Clinic treat thousands of people with mood disorders every year.
  • Latest diagnostic and treatment techniques. Mayo Clinic doctors use the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment for mood disorders. Depending on your needs, this could include genetic, metabolic or psychological testing.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

Why Choose Mayo Clinic

What Sets Mayo Clinic Apart

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, specialists see adults with mood disorders if a Mayo Clinic doctor is treating them for other medical conditions and refers them to psychiatry and psychology.

At Mayo Clinic in Florida, specialists see adults with mood disorders if a Mayo Clinic doctor is treating them for other medical conditions and refers them to psychiatry and psychology.

Specialists in psychiatry and psychology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota evaluate and treat adults and children with mood disorders. They specialize in treating people with treatment-resistant mood disorders. The Rochester, Minn. campus offers outpatient treatment through the Mayo Mood Clinic and inpatient treatment in the Mood Disorders Unit.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic's mood disorders research program focuses on developing a better understanding of mood disorders and developing new forms of treatment. Mayo researchers use the latest technology and work with genomics investigators to better define the biological basis of mood disorders, which can lead to more effective treatments.


See a list of publications on mood disorders from Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Apr. 17, 2014