On a certain day, you feel like you’re on top of the world. The very next day, thoughts of loneliness start haunting you and you start feeling sad. This is normal. Often, we find ourselves with mixed emotions that are hard to manage. It becomes a problem when these emotions start interfering with our daily activities and we don’t feel normal for a long period. If you’re in such a situation, you might have a mood disorder.
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What are mood disorders?
Mood disorders are a group of mental health problems that seriously affect a person’s emotional state. These mental health problems can distract a person from work, school or relationships, not allowing them to function properly. For a person to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, they must be having the necessary symptoms for at least two weeks.
Mood disorders consist of “low” mood conditions like Major Depressive Disorder (Depression); “high” mood conditions such as hypomania and mania; and a mix of emotions that alter between depression and mania, otherwise known as Bipolar Disorder. Although, there are other subtypes of mood disorders, these are the most common types.
Common causes of Mood Disorders
Depression (Major Depressive Disorder
Loss of interest
Lack of energy
Lack of concentration
Feeling of guilt or worthlessness
Change of appetite
Thoughts of suicide and death
Sleeping less than normal
Having grandiose ideas
Increase in activity
Being more talkative
Does not cause significant impairment which means that when someone has a hypomanic episode they are still able to function properly and control their mood more easily. Does not require hospitalization and can be treated with medication and psychotherapy. Simple lifestyle changes and exercising daily can also help reduce hypomanic episodes.
Bi-polar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder
Characterized by unstable mood state caused by episodes of high mood (mania, hypomania) followed by episodes of low mood (depression).
Bipolar I is diagnosed after a history of one or more episodes of mania. Bipolar II, on the other hand, requires a history of at least one episode of hypomania and one episode of depression.
If you are concerned that you might possibly have one of the mood disorders mentioned above, you should immediately seek help from mental health experts. If left unchecked, a mood disorder can lead to severe complications like self-harm and accidents or even worse, suicide. The biggest problem lies in determining the exact mood disorder a person might have. You may have learnt a lot about mood disorders by reading everything we mentioned above but please do not try to come to conclusions by yourself. When it comes to mental health problems like mood disorders, letting professionals do the work for you is the best option.
At Mindport, we are committed to provide the best solutions to our patients’ problems. We strive to maintain a high standard of providing mental health services. To book an appointment with one of our mental health experts you can contact us through email or phone.