Mood Disorders

Mood disorders refer to several conditions that impact an individual’s mood, such as major depression disorder, bipolar disorder, persistent depressive disorder, cyclothymia, and seasonal affective disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20.8% of the US population will experience a mood disorder during their lifetime. Mood disorders can occur simultaneously with anxiety disorders, substance abuse, or other disorders.

If you are experiencing intense highs or lows, dramatic mood swings, or find that your mood is impacting your relationships or daily living, you may be suffering from a mood disorder.   Depending on the type of disorder, different symptoms may be present. Some of the most common symptoms of a mood disorder include:

  • Intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness
  • Feelings of low self-esteem and low self-worth
  • Excessive guilt
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Relationship issues
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping (too much or too little)
  • Lethargy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Physical complaints, including headaches, stomachaches, fatigue
  • Difficulty in relationships
  • Anger, irritability, hostility, or aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Many mood disorders respond well to psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both treatments. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is the most effective course of therapy for bipolar disorder. Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches provides intensive DBT programs, as well as treatment for mood disorders.

Resources:

http://www.mentalhealth.gov/what-to-look-for/mood-disorders/

http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm

https://www.nami.org/