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Mood Disorders

What are Mood Disorders?

Most people feel irritable or sad regularly and may say that they are in a bad mood. However, a mood disorder is different. It is one that affects an individual’s mental and emotional state. Mood disorders often refer to a category of illnesses which describe a serious change in mood and may include major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, or more.

What are the Symptoms of Mood Disorders?

Symptoms of mood disorders vary for each individual. Symptoms may be classified as emotional and physical.

Emotional symptoms of mood disorders include:

  • Suicidal thoughts and attempts
  • Feeling pessimistic or hopeless
  • Constantly feeling anxious, sad or empty
  • Feeling worthless, helpless or guilty
  • Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable
  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of grandiosity
  • Panic attacks
  • Extended periods of delight 
  • Being irritable, aggressive or over-energetic 
  • Display risky or impulsive behaviour

Physical symptoms of mood disorders include:

  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Body aches, headache, cramps, pain or digestive problems
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions or remembering details
  • Overeating or loss of appetite     
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Hypersexuality
  • Pressured or rapid speech

What are the Causes of Mood Disorders?

The precise cause of mood disorders is still unknown. They are caused by a combination of psychological, environmental, genetic and biological factors. Studies indicate that an imbalance in chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters leads to depression. Bipolar disorder tends to be hereditary. 

How are Mood Disorders Diagnosed ? 

To diagnose mood disorders, a mental health professional or psychiatrist will conduct a thorough medical history and psychiatric evaluation. 

How are Mood Disorders Treated ? 

Mood orders can often be treated successfully. Some treatment methods include mood stabilising medication and antidepressants, psychotherapy, family therapy. With a strong family support, accurate diagnosis and treatment, persons with mood disorders can live a normal, healthy, stable and productive life.  

Apollo Support

We, at Apollo Clinic, understand how mood disorders can affect not just an individual but also their loved ones. Apollo Clinic is equipped with all the necessary amenities, technology and infrastructure to diagnose and treat mood disorders. Our highly skilled and experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals provide superior quality treatment for mood disorders with empathy.

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