If you experience a mood disorder, your emotional state may be distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances, affecting your ability to function. This can manifest as extreme sadness, emptiness, or irritability (depression), or alternating periods of depression and excessive happiness (mania).
Anxiety disorders often accompany mood disorders and may elevate the risk of suicide. Various types of mood disorders exist, including:
Mood disorders can often be effectively treated with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).
If you suspect you have a mood disorder, it’s crucial to seek professional help promptly. Don’t hesitate to talk to a friend, loved one, faith leader, or someone you trust if you’re reluctant to seek treatment.
Consult a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following:
Mood disorders rarely resolve on their own and may worsen over time. Seeking help early on can make treatment easier and more effective.
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For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and talk therapy.