West Texans understand all too well how a fluctuating economy can affect our moods. However, the underlying causes of mood swings are not always directly related to the price of oil. As our understanding of conditions like depression or anxiety increases, the language we use to describe them changes too. We now know that depression, anxiety, and PTSD, for example, are not just mental health conditions — they’re also mood disorders. To learn more about mood disorders, continue reading down below.
What Are Mood Disorders?
“If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).”
A common side effect of such conditions is they can impact your mood and often happen simultaneously as depression, increasing the risk of suicide.
Are Mood Disorders Genetic?
The reasons behind mood disorders aren’t well known. However, several triggers for mood disorders include disparities in brain chemicals and environmental factors, such as chronic stress or unforeseen life events.
Mood disorders often appear in families, so the genetic component can’t be ignored. Children with relatives experiencing depression are at higher risk for it. Plus, a family record of bipolar disorder could incline a child to get bipolar disorder or another mood disorder.
What Are The Most Common Mood Disorders?
Mood disorders are more common than you think. The rigors of daily life can take a toll, but when you combine them with a fully diagnosed mood disorder, treatment like psychotherapy or medicine like ketamine may be good options to ask you and your healthcare provider to pursue. Collectively, various mood disorders may affect nearly 10 percent of U.S. adults in any given year, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health.
Some examples of common mood disorders are:
- Major depressive disorder, also known as depression, is characterized by lengthy and unrelenting episodes of extreme sadness
- Bipolar disorder was once referred to as manic depression or bipolar affective disorder. It’s a kind of depression that features alternating periods of depression and mania.
- If you’re depressed during the fall and winter months, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. This is a kind of depression inextricably linked with fewer daylight hours, particularly in distant northern and southern locations between late fall and early spring.
- Cyclothymic disorder. This disorder triggers less severe emotional highs and lows than bipolar disorder.
- Suppose you’re a female going through the premenstrual phase of your cycle. In that case, you’re likely experiencing premenstrual dysphoric disorder — mood changes and irritability that tend to go away with the beginning of menses.
- Dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder is a long-term or chronic form of depression.
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder mostly happens in children. It’s a mood disorder that features chronic, severe, and constant irritability in children that is often paired with regular temper outbursts not expected with the child’s developmental age.
- You could also be experiencing depression linked to a medical illness. In this case, you suffer from a stubborn depressed mood plus a substantial loss of pleasure in something that you used to enjoy doing, which is directly linked to the physical consequences of some other medical condition.
- It’s not unusual for a mood disorder or depression to be triggered by substance use or taking medicine. This kind of mood disorder features symptoms that happen during or quickly following substance use or withdrawal or after you’ve been exposed to medication.
Children may also suffer ill effects from the same kinds of mood disorders or symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. If you recognize mood disorder symptoms in yourself or a loved one, reach out to a doctor for help in diagnosing and treating the condition.
Treatment may involve psychotherapy, medicine, lifestyle changes, or newer ketamine infusion therapy.
Mood disorders affect millions of U.S. adults and even more people worldwide. In fact, the World Health Organization lists depression as a leading cause of global disability. If you suffer from mood disorder symptoms, don’t wait to find treatment – innovative new options can help you find relief today.
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