Carolina Counseling Services - Mood Disorders: What You Need to Know about Them
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Mood Disorders: What You Need to Know about Them
Mood is a powerful driving force that plays a significant role in the way you think, feel, and act, and influences how you reach your goals and build relationships. Everyone feels sad or irritable at various times in life; it is normal to experience occasional feelings of ups and downs, or to have a low mood as the result of an unfortunate event, such as the death of a loved one or losing your job.
However, it is not normal to have an everyday emotional state that is inconsistent with your circumstances or to feel overrun or paralyzed by a consistent bad mood. If that is the case, you may be one of the approximately 20.9 million American adults aged 18 and older reported by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to have a mood disorder.
Unfortunately, not many people get the help they need for these disorders, due to a lack of understanding of the condition. Here is what you need to know about mood disorders.
Understanding Mood Disorders
According to Mental Health America, “Mood disorders are a category of illnesses (or psychological condition) that describes a serious change in mood.” The term is used by health professionals to broadly refer to all types of mood disorders. The most common types include:
- Major Depression—a feeling of sadness or hopelessness that lasts for at least two weeks
- Dysthymia—a chronic irritable and depressed mood that persists for at least two years
- Bipolar Disorder—a condition characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania or elevated mood
- Health-Related Mood Disorder—a depressed condition triggered by another medical illness, such as cancer or diabetes
- Substance-Induced Mood Disorder—a condition with symptoms of depression due to the effects of medication, substance abuse, alcoholism, or toxin exposure
Possible Causes and Triggers of Mood Disorders
Many factors can contribute to mood disorders, but the exact causes are not well known. Doctors generally think they are the result of an imbalance of brain chemicals. Some types of mood disorders appear to be “multifactorially” inherited, which means a number of factors are involved.
For example, relatives of people with mood disorders have a higher chance of acquiring the disorders due to a genetic predisposition. Women also have a higher risk of mood disorders than men.
Furthermore, there are life events or situations that can make anyone vulnerable to feelings of depression, including financial trouble and divorce. Stressful circumstances can expose or worsen difficult feelings until they develop into a mood disorder that is more challenging to manage.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Anyone can have a mood disorder. The symptoms vary depending on the person’s age and the type of mood disorder. Children and teens tend to exhibit different symptoms from adults. It is difficult to diagnose mood disorders in the young population because they are not always expressive about their feelings. This contributes to the fact that mood disorders remain among the less diagnosed psychological health problems in this age range.
Children and young adolescents are also at higher risk for other psychological health issues, such as anxiety and disruptive behavior. In some cases, the accompanying symptoms persist even if the initial episodes of mood disorders have been resolved. Seeking help is necessary, especially when the symptoms/manifestations have gone beyond what is acceptable or healthy.
The common symptoms of mood disorders include intense feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, excessive guilt, sleep problems, changes in weight, lethargy, lack of concentration, low self-esteem, a feeling of emptiness, irritability, aggressiveness, self-harming behavior, and more. If these feelings persist over time or disrupt daily functioning in multiple settings, professional intervention should be sought right away.
Mood disorders encompass a wide range of uncomfortable feelings that will not just dissipate on their own. The symptoms go beyond more than just having a bad day. They are real medical conditions that need to be properly diagnosed and evaluated by a competent health practitioner. The good news is that the sooner you get help, the better chance you have of managing and overcoming a mood disorder with success.
Finding Hope and Recovery
There are no known preventive measures to lower the incidence of mood disorders, but early intervention can effectively reduce the symptoms and restore normal functioning. The fact that mood disorders are highly treatable provides hope for a healthier, happier, and more productive life after proper treatment.
Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC, offers that hope. If you are suffering from any type of mood disorder, you’ll be matched with an independently contracted counselor who has experience and special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. Whether you opt for individual or family therapy, you’re assured of a caring and confidential working relationship in a safe and nurturing environment. Call now to request an appointment.
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Evening and Weekend Appts Available with specific therapists
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.
Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Silver City NC, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Lumber Bridge NC, Rex NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC
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