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Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a group of mental health conditions that affect a person's emotional state or mood. These conditions can impact a person's ability to function in daily life and can include a range of symptoms, such as changes in mood, energy, or activity levels.

Common mood disorders include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

    • People with MDD experience persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy. Symptoms can include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of suicide.

  • Bipolar Disorder

    • Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania or hypomania (elevated or irritable mood) and depression. During a manic episode, a person may have high levels of energy, decreased need for sleep, and engage in risky behaviors. During a depressive episode, they may have feelings of sadness or hopelessness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating.

  • Cyclothymic Disorder

    • People with cyclothymic disorder experience chronic, fluctuating mood changes that are less severe than bipolar disorder. Symptoms can include hypomanic and depressive symptoms but do not meet the full criteria for a manic or depressive episode.

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

    • PDD, also known as dysthymia, is a chronic and milder form of depression that lasts for at least two years. Symptoms can include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and low energy levels.

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

    • PMDD is a condition in which women experience severe symptoms of depression, irritability, and anxiety in the days leading up to their period.

It's important to note that different types of mood disorders may require different approaches to therapy. MHRS can help determine the best approach for an individual's specific needs.

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