According to Mental Health America, mood disorders are a category of illnesses that describe a fundamental change in mood. Some symptoms of a mood disorder may include feeling helpless, difficulty sleeping, having low self-esteem, relationship problems, poor appetite or eating too much, fatigue or low energy, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, and more. Mood disorders affect approximately 20.9 million American adults, with the median age being 30 years old. John Hopkins Medicine has identified the following mood disorders:
- Major depression – Major depressive symptoms include feeling sad or irritable nearly every day, suddenly losing weight or gaining weight/having a change in appetite, experiencing restlessness, feeling worthless or guilty, and having difficulty concentrating.
- Dysthymia – Dysthymia, also known as persistent depressive disorder (PDD), shares many symptoms of major depression but are less severe and has been ongoing for approximately 2 years.
- Bipolar disorder – Bipolar disorder consists of two main types of mood changes: mania and depression. Mania may cause someone to become more irritable, behave more unpredictably and their judgment to be impaired. Depression may cause the individual to have difficulty falling asleep, trouble eating, feelings of loss, and more.
- Mood disorder related to another health condition – The University of Rochester Medical Center claims that some health conditions such as cancer, injuries, infections, and chronic illnesses can trigger a mood disorder.
- Substance-induced mood disorder – Dr. Fabian Gagnon, psychologist and psychiatrist, notes that this form of mood disorder’s symptoms appears when the individual is taking drugs, medication, or alcohol.
Mood disorders can be very challenging to manage, and their symptoms may cause a person difficulty performing at work, in school or social functions, and within their relationships. Treatment for mood disorders typically involves psychotherapy, a form of talk therapy where people can work through their problems and develop tools to manage their symptoms.
If you have a mood disorder and are seeking treatment, call us today at 888-316-3665. New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several mental health and addiction recovery treatment centers. Our home-like residential centers will give you the comfort and space that you need to focus solely on your recovery. Make the decision to take control of your happiness and health today. Call us for a consultation.