Mood Disorders

Mood Disorder is used to describe mental health conditions that impact your emotional state and can go beyond normal mood fluctuations. It can often feel like someone is stuck and struggling to regulate their mood.

Mood disorders greatly impact a person’s ability to perform duties at work and home; interpersonal relationships can greatly be impacted. The different types of Mood disorders range from:

Major Depressive disorder (MDD): Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities

Bipolar Disorder: Severe cycles of mood changes ranging from really high highs (mania) to really low lows (deep depression)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia): two years or more of chronic, long-term depression

Cyclothymic Disorder: two years of hypomania alternating with depression

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): Significant mood disturbances in women during their menstrual cycle where irritability, sadness, or anxiety are persistent

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD): Mostly occurs in children who are experiencing severe and recurrent temper outbursts that are out of proportion to the situation/persistent irritability and anger between outbursts

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