Facts About Mood Disorders:


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What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are treatable medical conditions involving changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. A person with bipolar disorder (manic depression), has moods that usually alternate between mania, or extremely “up” mood, and depression. A person with major (uni-polar) depression has periods of “down” mood.
Mood disorders have many symptoms, including:

Symptoms of depression:

  • Sad, empty, irritable or tearful mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • No interest in or pleasure from activities once enjoyed
  • Major changes in appetite or body weight
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Inability to concentrate or make decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms of mania:

  • Feeling overly energetic, high, better than good, or unusually irritable for at least one week
  •  Very high self-esteem, feeling all-powerful
  • Decreased need for sleep without feeling…

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