What is a mood disorder?
There are different kind of mood disorders. However, they all involve your emotional state or mood being affected and distorted in such a way it’s interfering with your ability to function in daily life. For example, you can feel extremely empty, frustrated, sad or depressed at times. These episodes of negative emotions can be alternated by periods of extreme happiness.
What types of mood disorders are there?
There are several type of mood disorders. We can distinguish the following mood disorders:
- Major depressive disorder: depression is one of the most well-known mental health disorders. Symptoms include emotions of sadness or hopelessness, difficulty with thinking, sleeping, eating and your memory. As we will discuss down below we can break down several types of depression.
- Bipolar disorder: this disorder is also known as manic depression, and is characterized by its manic episodes. Someone can experience euphoric or irritable mood swings, whereas they will engage in risky behavior that is dangerous and can have negative consequences for themselves or their environment.
- Cyclothymic disorder (cyclothymia): when one suffers from cyclothymia they’ll experience a chronical unstable mood. Signs of hypomania and depression are there for at least two years.
- Persistent depressive disorder: when depression lasts over two years a chronic form of this mental health disorder can be diagnosed. It’s possible that some signs and symptoms are from time to time less experienced as before. Making this a less severe form of depression (compared to for example major depressive disorder).
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): SAD is being affected by the seasons. SAD episodes can start at the end of summer, however most people with SAD start noticing symptoms (likewise as those of major depressive disorder) during fall and winter to early spring.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more extreme form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It usually starts 7-10 days before the menstruation starts, and will fade then within a few days of the start. Women who are experience PMDD feel angry, irritable, anxious, depressed and can suffer from insomnia. According to research it’s caused by hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle.
- Depression (related to medical illness)
- Depression (induced by substance abuse or medication)
Young adults with mood disorder
Young adults can experience different kinds of mood disorders. It’s important to acknowledge and recognize these types of disorders in an early stage, as it can continue to affect someones life and future long-term.
Mood disorder symptoms and signs
Mood disorder symptoms depend on the kind of disorder someone is suffering from. Typically we see symptoms that are affecting the way someone is able to sleep, eat or behave. It also affects energy level and ability to think.
Looking at the different kind of mood disorders it’s important to pay attention to the following signs.
- Feeling sad
- Low energy levels
- Low self-esteem leading to feeling worthless
- Feeling hopeless
- Losing interest in activities that sparked joy before
- Experiencing thoughts of death and suicide
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Excessive sleep pattern; sleeping too much or not enough
What causes mood disorders?
The causes of mood disorders are complex. And involve a combination of genetic biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Treatment of mood disorders typically involves a combination of therapy, medication, and support services. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is commonly used to treat the mood disorder. It is important for individuals with mood disorders to seek professional help for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment of mood disorders
If you or someone you know is a young adult with a mood disorder, there are several steps that can be taken to manage the condition and improve overall well- being. Seeking professional help benefits the person and will help them deal with mood disorder in a healthy manner. Take back control of your future. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out for professional help. There is no shame in seeking support, it can make a big difference in managing the condition and improve overall well-being.
How can we treat mood disorders?
Cognitive-behavioural therapy is very beneficial to help young people manage their behaviour and develop skills that will learn them how to cope with mood disorders. Family therapy is very helpful in addressing family dynamics and improving communication.
Our professionals look beyond someone’s past. Your willingness to work on yourself in our clinic is what we use to help you cope with your mood disorder in a healthy manner. Discover what is causing your mood disorder.
Early intervention is important for the successful treatment of mood disorder. It’s important for parents and caregivers to seek help if they notice symptoms in their child. Let go of shame, sorrow or guilt, and chose the wisest option for the future of your child. Appropriate treatment and support will learn many young adults to manage their behavior and lead healthy, productive lives.
The Grange Youth Clinic can help young adults who are dealing with mood disorder. Learn more about our treatment here or register for an intake interview below.
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