Mood Disorder Counseling Program


mooddisorder_program_topOne out of every 10 Americans suffers from a mood disorder. And many of them don’t come forward to seek help. Mood disorders are serious medical illnesses that are often genetic—not learned. People who suffer from mood disorders need help. In fact, a delay in diagnosis could prove deadly. Today there’s more help available than ever before, and people suffering from a mood disorder can be successfully treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both. If you think you or someone you
know is suffering from a mood disorder,
we can help. Give us a call.

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Mood Management Group
Bipolar Disorder
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Jewish Family Service is one of the oldest and most respected counseling centers in San Diego. Our professional staff includes licensed clinical social workers and psychologists who have received special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. We offer both individual and group therapy in a safe, supportive environment. We also offer family therapy, as mood disorders often affect entire families, not just the person suffering. All sessions are strictly confidential and fees are based on a sliding scale. We offer a safe, supportive environment to come for help.

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Mood Management Group

We offer a group for people who are dealing with depression, bi-polar disorder, or anxiety. The group provides an opportunity to meet with other individuals facing the same issues and to learn new ways to cope with what can be difficult and persistent challenges. The group meets on Tuesday evenings at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Campus, Community Services Building. For more information call (858) 637-3210.

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2017 Mood Disorder Group

Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30pm 
Jewish Family Service
Community Services Building

8788 Balboa Avenue, San Diego 92123
Living with a mood disorder can be isolating and frustrating. The good news is that mood disorders are manageable. You can live a healthy and productive life filled with meaning and support. Our Mood Management Group shares effective coping strategies to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety in a supportive and social environment. Each member has an opportunity to interact with others with similar experiences, gain insight, set manageable goals, and receive support and valuable resources.

Moderator: Thomas Beller, Ph.D.

  • Open to individuals experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, as well as individuals with mood‑related mental health diagnoses, such as Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder
  • 10 weekly sessions
  • All sessions are confidential
  • $30 fee, sliding scale (some insurance carriers accepted)
  • Open to people of all faiths

For more information call: (858) 637-3210

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is the most dramatic of the mood disorders. People who suffer from bipolar disorder tend to experience extreme mood swings, ranging from manic episodes, depressive episodes, or a combination of both.

 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • A high level of energy
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
  • Excessive moodiness and irritability
  • Increased depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Decreased need for sleep and/or sleeping too much
  • Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
  • Increased physical and mental activity
  • Racing speech
  • Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Change in appetite and/or unintended weight loss or gain
  • Chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms that are not caused by physical illness or injury
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

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About Depression

Clinical depression reflects a sad and/or irritable mood, exceeding normal sadness or grief. Depression can affect the nervous system, leading to a change in body functions such as crying spells, low energy, body aches, and changes in eating and sleeping patterns. Depression isn't just a temporary mood, and it's not a sign of personal weakness. It's a serious medical condition with a variety of symptoms.

mooddisorder_program_bottomSymptoms of Depression:

  • Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
  • Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Irritability, anger, worry or agitation, anxiety
  • Pessimism, indifference
  • Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mood disorder, get help today. Call our toll-free confidential phone number at (858) 637-3210 for more information.

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Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

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If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately

OptumHealth Access & Crisis Line
(888) 724-7240

National Suicide Hotline
1 (800) SUICIDE

National Depression Hotline
1 (800) 273-TALK

California Youth Crisis Line
1 (800) 843-5200