Product Detail

Complex Mood Disorders:
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours
5 hr 21 min
Multi-disc video recording with electronic manual and instructions
5/18/2017 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
Product Code:
  • Distinguish the key phases of mood: depression, hypomania, mixed states and euthymia.
  • Summarize the role of the biological clock in mood disorders.
  • Identify key activities that regulate or disrupt the biological clock.
  • Develop a morning routine to treat depression, and an evening routine to treat mania and insomnia.
  • Describe how to use the senses to reduce agitation and mania.
  • Select devices that can treat depression and bipolar, including dawn simulators and blue-light filters.
  • Develop exercises your client can practice to improve memory and cognition.
  • Describe how hypomania and depression impact relationships.
  • Identify six communication skills that families can use to improve mood disorders.

The Mood Spectrum

  • The three faces of mood: depression, hypomania, and mixed states
  • Psychological and social effects of the three moods
  • Working with each mood in the therapeutic relationship
  • All too common: the role of other disorders (eating, personality, anxiety, trauma and addictions) in mood disorders
  • Finding normal
  • Flowers in the weeds: six strengths that come with mood disorders

Circadian Rhythms

  • Mood disorders and the biological clock
  • Four key events that set the clock
  • Social interactions: from deprivation to overstimulation
  • Brisk awakening
  • Light therapy
  • Dark therapy
  • Flow, engagement, and behavioral activation
  • Seasonal moods

Sleep and Mood

  • Sleep drive and circadian rhythms
  • Normal vs. abnormal insomnia: the role of anxiety
  • Sleep hygiene: a modern take on the basics
  • Advanced moves: sleep restriction and CBT-insomnia
  • Modifications for bipolar and depression

Mood and Health

  • When the body impedes the mind: inflammation, head injury and obesity
  • Exercise: how much, how often?
  • Technology and mood
  • Food matters: tea, dark chocolate, and the Mediterranean diet
  • Air quality: from negative ions to aromatherapy


  • Update on psychopharmacology of mood disorders
  • Update on natural treatments of mood disorders
  • Minimize side effects and maximize adherence

Cognition: The Silent Symptom

  • Recognize cognitive deficits
  • How cognition impacts therapy
  • Functional remediation: a new paradigm
  • Three ways to enhance cognition: restoration, compensation and optimization
  • Take it home: Seven exercises to restore the mind

Mood Disorders in the Family

  • Four ways to help: warmth, empathy, positive comments, and optimism
  • Five things to avoid: critical comments, scrutiny, conflict, over-involvement and hostility
  • Three overlooked ingredients: timing, frequency and regularity
  • Adult children in the home: boundaries and limits
  • Managing crises
  • Protecting young children


Chris Aiken, M.D., is a psychiatrist, author, and researcher. He is the coauthor of Bipolar, Not So Much, a self-help book for bipolar spectrum disorders that focuses on natural and lifestyle methods in recovery (Norton, 2017). He believes in choosing treatments that improve the long-term health of the brain through neuroprotection, and was a contributor to the first textbook on that subject in 2010. His work has been cited in the International Encyclopedia of Depression, and he is involved in clinical trials to identify new treatments for mood disorders.

Dr. Aiken’s interest in helping people with mood disorders came from experience with close friends who suffered from depression. He began his career as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health and went on to complete medical school at Yale and residency at Cornell and Duke Medical centers. In 2008 he founded the Mood Treatment Center, a national referral center that provides combined therapy and medication treatment for complex mood disorders. He is an instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has been ranked in Best Doctors of American since 2010.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Chris Aiken is director and founder of Mood Treatment Center. He receives royalties as an author for WW Norton; and PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Aiken receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Chris Aiken is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association; Forsyth County Psychiatric Association; and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.
Continuing Education Credits
Save time and $10 off the price of other submission methods – purchase & take the CE test online for $9.99 USD per participant. Additional processing fees apply for other submission methods (i.e. mail, fax, etc.). Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations.

Certificates of Successful Completion are available for email, download and/or printing from your online account immediately following the successful completion of the post-test/evaluation.

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals