Common mood disorders and symptoms
March 16, 2018
We all have bad days, and know what it’s like to experience sadness, anger and nervousness. However, these feelings can be much more than just a bad mood. Many things can contribute to the development of mood disorders, including stressful life changes such as job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one or financial trouble. Mood disorders can also be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Some of the most common mood disorders include:
Major depression. Symptoms of depression can include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, guilt, emptiness and a lowered interested in usual activities, as well as low self-esteem, changes in weight and appetite and thoughts of death.
Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of high energy and mania (extreme high or euphoric feelings) alternating with periods of depression and lethargy. This can lead to unrealistic thoughts or ideas, impulsive behavior and recklessness.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a form of depression that typically takes place during winter when there is less natural sunlight. Some symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, guilt or restlessness, loss of interest in activities, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping and thoughts of death.
Mood disorders don’t go away on their own, and may even get worse over time. If you or someone you love are showing signs of any of these mood disorders, seek professional help by calling (920) 272-1200 to schedule an appointment with a Prevea Behavioral Care. Treatment can include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes and support.