Mood disorders are a category of mental health illnesses that include major depression, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia.
These types of disorders affect your emotions and feelings, as well as your day-to-day functioning.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms in order to seek help if needed. Let’s take a closer look at the three most common types of mood disorders.
Major depression is a type of mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that once brought you pleasure.
Other symptoms may include fatigue, difficulty sleeping or overeating, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Major depression can interfere with daily life by causing problems with work, school, relationships, and other activities.
It can also lead to physical problems such as headaches, digestive issues, and pain due to stress hormones being released into the body over a prolonged period.
Bipolar disorder is another type of mood disorder marked by extreme changes in moods from manic episodes (high energy states) to depressive episodes (low energy states).
During manic episodes people often feel invincible and make decisions without regard for consequences; during depressive episodes, they may experience deep sadness or suicidal thoughts.
Bipolar disorder can cause significant disruption in daily life including job loss due to an inability to focus or concentrate on tasks.
Dysthymia is another form of depression characterized by chronic low-level depression lasting more than two years which interferes with daily functioning but is not enough for someone to be diagnosed with major depression.
Symptoms include feeling anxious or hopeless most days along with a lack of motivation and low self-esteem.
People often have difficulty staying focused on tasks or achieving goals due to their lack of motivation which makes it hard for them to succeed at work or school.
Mood disorders are serious mental health illnesses that can significantly disrupt day-to-day life if left untreated.
If you think you may be suffering from a mood disorder it is important to seek professional help from us so that you can get the treatment you need in order to live a healthy life.
Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with these types of disorders will help you recognize when you are struggling and experiencing distress so that you can better manage your mental health moving forward.
If you are suffering from mood disorders, or you wish to receive more information, please contact us to schedule an appointment.