Mood disorders refer to depression and bipolar disorder. An individual suffering with depression for instance, has a consistently low affect and mood for a minimum of two weeks, and this mood makes it difficult for them to function in daily life. As an individual, if you have felt blue for a couple of weeks or longer and find it difficult to go to work or hang out with friends, if you’ve lost interest in activities that used to bring you joy, there is a chance you may be suffering from depression. Bipolar disorder refers to individuals who experience extreme changes in mood, thoughts, energy, and behaviors. These mood swings can last hours, days, or weeks and fluctuate between mania and depression. For people suffering from any of these mood disorders, there is hope and at Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry we have the tools to help you reclaim your life.
If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).
Anxiety disorders can also affect your mood and often occur along with depression. Mood disorders may increase your risk of suicide.
Some examples of mood disorders include:
For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).
By The Mayo Clinic