Evidence-Based Treatment for Mood Disorders Reflection

Assignment Question

Part 2: Reflection In a separate document, write a 500-750-word reflection that does the following: 1. Summarize your rationale for choosing these methods and treatments for your agency. 2. Describe how and why you have presented the information in your brochure the way you have. Take into consideration your target population. 3. Use at least two scholarly sources to substantiate your rationale. The sources and reflection should be in APA format.



In a world where mental health is gaining the recognition it deserves, the importance of addressing mood disorders cannot be understated. Depression and bipolar disorder are prevalent in our community, affecting the lives of many individuals. This brochure is a beacon of hope, a testament to our commitment to providing comprehensive mental health services to those in need. Our agency, born from a deep understanding of the challenges these mood disorders present, offers a lifeline to individuals seeking support and treatment. Mood disorders can cast long shadows over one’s life, affecting not only the individuals who experience them but also their families and communities. At our agency, we have chosen to focus on two specific mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorder. These conditions can be debilitating, but with the right treatment and support, individuals can reclaim their lives. In the following pages, we will walk you through our methods, treatment goals, and the reasoning behind our approach, all designed with the well-being of our target audience in mind. It is our belief that recovery is possible, and this brochure is the first step towards that brighter future.


Rationale for Methods and Treatments

The selection of treatment methods for our agency’s focus on depression and bipolar disorder was a critical decision. It was imperative to choose approaches that not only align with current best practices but also have demonstrated effectiveness. Our choices were informed by research, guidelines, and empirical data, all aimed at ensuring the well-being and recovery of our target audience. In this reflection, I will summarize the rationale behind these choices, drawing upon sources such as Cuijpers et al. (2018), Goodwin et al. (2018), and the American Psychological Association (APA) practice guideline (2019).

Depression: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medication Management

Depression is a mood disorder that affects millions of individuals, and its impact on their daily lives can be profound. To address this issue, we selected Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as one of our primary methods. The rationale behind this choice is strongly supported by Cuijpers et al.’s meta-analysis (2018). This study provides robust evidence that psychotherapies, including CBT, are effective in treating major depression, leading to remission, recovery, and overall improvement. The findings of this meta-analysis highlight the value of psychotherapies in addressing depression, which is a central component of our approach. In addition to psychotherapy, we have included medication management as a treatment option for depression, aligning with the APA practice guideline for the treatment of major depressive disorder (2019). The guideline suggests that the combination of psychotherapy and medication may be the most effective approach for individuals with severe depression or those who do not respond adequately to psychotherapy alone. Medication management, when supervised by a qualified psychiatrist, can be a valuable addition to our treatment portfolio.

Bipolar Disorder: Mood Stabilizers, Psychoeducation, and Lifestyle Management

Bipolar disorder, with its characteristic mood swings between manic and depressive phases, requires a tailored treatment approach. Our agency’s choice of mood stabilizers as a primary method aligns with the recommendations of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, as outlined by Goodwin et al. (2018). These guidelines emphasize the role of mood stabilizers in managing bipolar disorder, particularly in stabilizing mood swings and preventing relapses. The evidence-based approach recommended by Goodwin et al. provides a strong foundation for our treatment decisions. Complementing mood stabilizers, our agency emphasizes psychoeducation, which is consistent with best practice in bipolar disorder management. Education plays a crucial role in helping individuals and their families understand the condition, its phases, and effective coping strategies. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers a comprehensive resource on bipolar disorder (2018), emphasizing the importance of psychoeducation in treatment. This aligns with our approach to empower individuals with knowledge and tools for better self-management. Furthermore, our inclusion of lifestyle management is informed by the holistic nature of bipolar disorder. The importance of maintaining a stable routine, managing stress, and adopting a healthy lifestyle is well-documented in the research literature. Goodwin et al. (2018) also highlights the significance of lifestyle factors in managing bipolar disorder. This aligns with our goal of offering a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the clinical aspects of the condition but also the individual’s overall well-being.

Brochure Design and Presentation

The presentation of information in our brochure was a critical aspect of our strategy to reach and engage our target audience effectively. We recognized the need to strike a balance between providing accurate, evidence-based information and delivering it in a compassionate and relatable manner. Understanding our target audience, adults aged 18-65 facing mood disorders, was essential. These individuals often seek information that is easy to grasp and empathetic in tone. Therefore, the visual design of the brochure was chosen to convey warmth, hope, and professionalism. Graphics featuring diverse individuals were included to promote inclusivity and relatability, aligning with current principles of mental health care, which emphasize cultural sensitivity (Cuijpers et al., 2018). Our brochure’s content was structured to provide a clear and empathetic understanding of mood disorders. The use of statistics on the prevalence of these disorders in our community, sourced from credible studies like Cuijpers et al. (2018), helps create awareness among our target audience. By citing this research, we connect the brochure’s information to a broader context, highlighting the urgency and relevance of the issues we address. Testimonials and success stories from clients who have benefited from our agency’s services were included to humanize the content and offer hope. These anecdotes resonate with our audience and help alleviate some of the stigma surrounding mood disorders. Importantly, they serve as tangible examples of the effectiveness of our methods and treatments, echoing the findings of Cuijpers et al. (2018) on the positive outcomes of psychotherapies for depression.

Scholarly Sources and Rationale Substantiation

In the development of our agency’s approach to treating depression and bipolar disorder, we relied on scholarly sources to substantiate our rationale. These sources were not only critical in shaping our methods but also in enhancing the credibility of our brochure. Cuijpers et al.’s meta-analysis (2018) was instrumental in establishing the effectiveness of psychotherapies, particularly CBT, in treating major depression. The study’s findings provided a strong empirical foundation for our decision to include CBT as a primary treatment method. Moreover, the British Association for Psychopharmacology’s guidelines, as outlined by Goodwin et al. (2018), played a pivotal role in our selection of mood stabilizers for managing bipolar disorder. This reputable source guided our choice, emphasizing evidence-based approaches. The American Psychological Association’s practice guideline for the treatment of major depressive disorder (2019) bolstered our decision to include medication management as an option for depression. The guideline’s recognition of the value of combining psychotherapy and medication in certain cases affirmed our approach. Moreover, the NIMH’s resource on bipolar disorder (2018) lent support to our emphasis on psychoeducation and lifestyle management in treating bipolar disorder, aligning with the holistic approach recommended by the institute. The selection of methods and treatments for our agency’s services was thoroughly informed by credible and scholarly sources, ensuring that our approach is both evidence-based and effective. These sources have not only shaped our treatment methods but have also enhanced the reliability and credibility of the information presented in our brochure.


In conclusion, our agency is dedicated to providing a lifeline to those affected by mood disorders, emphasizing the importance of hope, healing, and effective treatment. We firmly believe that with the right approach and support, individuals facing depression and bipolar disorder can experience substantial improvement in their mental well-being. By choosing evidence-based treatments, our agency aims to empower our clients to take charge of their lives once more. We encourage everyone who reads this brochure to reach out to us for a free consultation. Mental health is not a solitary journey; it is a path we walk together, with compassion and expertise guiding the way. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those who seek our help. Remember, recovery is possible, and a brighter, more hopeful future awaits. Together, we can pave the way towards healing and happiness for individuals in our community who are navigating the challenges of mood disorders.


American Psychological Association. (2019). Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder (3rd ed.). American Psychologist, 64(2), 97-98.

Cuijpers, P., Karyotaki, E., Weitz, E., Andersson, G., Hollon, S. D., Cristea, I. A., & Cipriani, A. (2018). The effects of psychotherapies for major depression in adults on remission, recovery, and improvement: a meta-analysis. Journal Of Affective Disorders, 202, 511-517.

Goodwin, G. M., Haddad, P. M., Ferrier, I. N., Aronson, J. K., Barnes, T. R., Cipriani, A., & Young, A. H. (2018). Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder: Revised third edition recommendations from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30(6), 495-553.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2018). Bipolar disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: How common are mood disorders in our community? A: Mood disorders are prevalent in our community, affecting a significant number of individuals. According to research, [statistics], individuals in our community are impacted by depression, and [statistics] individuals experience bipolar disorder.
  2. Q: What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder? A: Depression is characterized by persistent low mood, while bipolar disorder involves mood swings between depressive and manic phases. Depression typically consists of prolonged feelings of sadness and hopelessness, while bipolar disorder presents with cycling between extreme highs (mania) and lows (depression).
  3. Q: What are the success rates of your treatments? A: Our treatments are based on evidence and proven methods. For depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has shown remarkable success. According to a meta-analysis by Cuijpers et al. (2018), psychotherapies like CBT have been effective in achieving remission, recovery, and overall improvement in adults with major depression. For bipolar disorder, mood stabilizers, in accordance with the recommendations of Goodwin et al. (2018), have been shown to stabilize mood swings and prevent relapses.
  4. Q: How do I book an appointment with your agency? A: To schedule a free consultation with our agency, you can call our office at [phone number]. Alternatively, you can visit our website at [website] and fill out our contact form. We look forward to assisting you on your path to recovery.
  5. Q: Are there any support groups or resources for family members of individuals with mood disorders? A: Yes, we offer valuable support and resources for the family members of individuals with mood disorders. It is essential for loved ones to understand and cope effectively with their family member’s condition. Please contact us for more information on our support groups, workshops, and educational materials. We are here to help you too.