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Depression and other mood disorders can be devastating and can propel people to cope with symptoms through alcohol, drugs, sex and food. Receive evidence-based treatment for depression while addressing all the ways mental illness is disrupting your life

What Are Mood Disorders?

Mood disorders, or affective disorders, represent a category of mental illness that includes all types of depression and bipolar disorders. A mood disorder is a medical disorder characterized by episodes of depression that sometimes alternate with periods of elevated mood.

Mood disorders significantly disrupt people’s lives in one or more ways. They may impair their ability to function at work or cause them to withdraw from their community, friends and family. Without treatment, symptoms can last for months or even years, causing needless suffering.

Mood disorder related to another medical condition – Cancer, heart disease, injuries, infections Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are a few of the medical issues that can trigger symptoms of depression. Other conditions such as drug or alcohol abuse and eating disorders can emerge as a result of having a mood disorder.

Mood Disorder Symptoms

Some of the most common depression disorder symptoms are ongoing feelings of sadness, helplessness, inadequacy and irritability.

Other symptoms of mood disorders include:

  • Feelings of guilt
  • Changes in appetite
  • Excessive pessimism
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Physical complaints (headaches, stomachaches)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide (Note: Anyone with this symptom should immediately seek out help at a mood treatment center, hospital or other resource)

What Causes Mood Disorders?

The causes of mood disorders aren’t entirely understood, though the prevailing theories are that genetics, a chemical imbalance in the brain or stressful life events (such as divorce, being fired from a job, a death in the family or financial problems) are among the underlying causes. Once a person in the family has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, their siblings and children have an increased chance of the same diagnosis.

Prevalence of Mood Disorders

  • Nearly 10{b48a4a40ffb1957aa409e958cbcd173cea0a617e8a4ff0958835c389fd3efa27} of American adults have a mood disorder in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
  • The World Health Organization ranks major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder among the top 10 causes of disability worldwide.
  • Thirty is the median age of onset for mood disorders.
  • Women are 50{b48a4a40ffb1957aa409e958cbcd173cea0a617e8a4ff0958835c389fd3efa27} more likely than men to experience a mood disorder over their lifetime.
  • Depressive disorders often occur alongside anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

How Are Mood Disorders Treated?

When accurately diagnosed and treated, people with mood disorders can live healthy, stable lives.

For most individuals, mood disorders can be effectively treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (talk therapy), and in some cases medication. Antidepressant and mood-stabilizing medications may be used alone or in combination.

If you are suffering from depression, another mood disorder or a co-occurring addiction to alcohol or other drugs, treatment can change everything. You can experience joy in life again. Millions of people have recovered from these illnesses and you can too.

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