Mood Disorders – Causes, Types and Treatment
What is Anxiety Disorder?
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 extremelty sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).
What classifies as a mood disorder?
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Cyclothymic Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- Depression related to medical illness
- Depression induced by substance use or medication
Signs and Symptoms
- Thoughts of and attempts at suicide
- Loss of interest in activities that were pleasurable in the past
- Unyielding anxiety, sadness or feelings of emptiness
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Headaches, body aches, pains, cramps or digestive problems
- Difficulty remembering details, making decisions or concentrating
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Excessive sleeping or insomnia
Researchers and medical professionals do not have a pinpointed answer to the question ‘what causes mood disorders?’. But it’s believed that both biological and environmental factors lead to mood disorder. If your family history includes individuals who have been diagnosed with mood disorders, you are more likely of experiencing them. Traumatic life events are also considered to the major factors that will lead to mood disorders. Mood disorders can negatively impact your daily life and intrude in your personal relationships. In some cases, medications and substance abuse can be the cause behind the disorder.
How to overcome Mood Disorder?
Here are a few effective treatments for Mood Disorder.
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