A mood disorder is a mental health condition that displays extreme or prolonged mood swings. Individuals who experience such may show continually depressed moods, prolonged mild depression, manic behavior, or mood-related issues arising from substance abuse. Once mood swings begin to impede everyday activities or become a disruption or danger to oneself or others, they must be treated accordingly.
Types of Mood Disorders
Major Depressive Disorder
Features persistent sadness, despair, fatigue, changes in eating and sleep habits, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and suicidal thoughts that last more than two weeks.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
Also referred to as dysthymia, features long-term lower grade depression lasting more than two years in duration.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
A severe form of PMS that features irritability, extreme sadness, anger, and hopelessness in relation to a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Bipolar I Disorder
Characterized by extreme manic episodes that can last up to a week, alternating with depressive episodes that may last two weeks or more.
Bipolar II Disorder
Features a pattern of hypomanic episodes alternating with depressive episodes, but the manic episodes are not as severe as in bipolar I.
Cyclothymic Disorder. Defined by multiple periods of where both the symptoms of mania and depression exist, but not to the level of an “episode.”
What can cause a Mood Disorder?
High Stress Levels
Brain chemistry Imbalances
How we treat Mood Disorders
Since a mood disorder can influence every aspect of your daily life, it is essential to seek an individualized treatment program. At Clear Mind Treatment, we offer a series of treatment options for various mood disorders.
Psychotherapy can reduce self-damaging thoughts that trigger mood swings while helping patients eliminate negative behavior patterns.
This form of medication intervention may involve antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety, or anti-psychotic drugs, depending on the diagnosis.
Alternative activities such as yoga, acupuncture, art therapy, and aerobic exercise are proven to alleviate stress symptoms.
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