Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are characterised by dramatic changes in mood. The person’s mood is inconsistent with their circumstances and can interfere with their ability to function. Some people may be extremely depressed constantly or have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (

mania

). Examples of mood disorders are

major depressive disorder

– prolonged persistent periods of extreme sadness,

bipolar disorder

– manic depression alternating with mania,

seasonal affective disorder

(SAD) associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes over winter,

post natal depression

following birth and

long term depression

. For most people mood disorders are treated and managed with talk therapy with a

psychotherapist

or

psychiatrist

and medications. Treatment can vary between patients. Additional therapies can be beneficial such as

regular exercise

, practising

mindfulness

, connection with friends and family and relaxation techniques.

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