A Pathways Approach to Mood Disorders

  • Angele McGrady
  • Donald Moss


Mood disorders, particularly major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, causing distress and impairing function. Genetic studies have confirmed an increased risk for depression in those with a positive family history, but environment, particularly chronic exposure to stressful events is a major contributor to etiology. Bipolar disorder has a lower prevalence in adults but a higher concordance. Difficulties in normal functioning in those with severe mood swings are striking in their intensity and effects on many areas of life. This chapter describes two cases of mood disorder, one of a patient with bipolar disorder and one with major depressive disorder. In both examples, the pathways model is applied to both symptom management and to elucidation of root psychological issues. The interventions were not curative but provided significant benefit to the individuals in the short term and assisted them in maintaining mood stability in the long term.


Major depressive disorder Bipolar disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angele McGrady
    • 1
  • Donald Moss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.College of Integrative Medicine and Health SciencesSaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA

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